Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out a suit challenging former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s citizenship status.


The Judge, on Monday, struck out the suit instituted by a non-
governmental organisation, Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission
for Africa, challenging Atiku Abubakar’s Nigerian citizenship.


The court held that the NGO had no legal right to query the citizenship
of the former Vice President and lacks the locus standi to institute the
legal action.

According to Justice Ekwo, the NGO was registered under the Company
and Allied Matters Act with special functions and cannot jump into
public interest litigation that was not part of the objective.


He cautioned the NGO to refrain from filing frivolous applications
targeted at harrassing politically exposed Nigerians.


In the suit, the group had asked the court to disqualify Atiku as the
presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and to
restrain him from contesting the February 16, 2019, presidential election
over alleged circumstances surrounding his citizenship.