A fundamental rights enforcement suit filed at a Federal High Court in Abuja by a former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah, was on Wednesday dismissed with the judge Justice Abdu Kafarati in his judgment upholding the objection raised by the respondents. The former minister who is now a serving senator had filed the fundamental rights enforcement suit, asking the court to prohibit the Attorney-General of the Federation’s office, the EFCC, and the police from “inviting, arresting, investigating or prosecuting” her over the purchase of two armoured BMW vehicles at the cost of N255m by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority under her watch as the aviation minister in 2013.
Justice Abdu Kafarati in his judgment on Wednesday said, “It is not grantable by this court because the court cannot stop security agencies from carrying out their duties. There is no way a person can be investigated without being invited by the body charged with the responsibility of investigation. In most cases, the invitation is even in the interest of the invitee because he or she will have the opportunity of giving his or her side of the story. I therefore hold that the application seeking to stop security agencies from inviting, investigating, arresting and/or prosecuting any person suspected to have committed an offence does not constitute a fundamental right action.”