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SPV scandal: Keyamo appeals judgment dismissing investigation of Atiku

Festus Keyamo, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has appealed against the judgment dismissing the suit seeking investigation of Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, over the Special Purpose Vehicle scandal.

In January, Keyamo had taken the EFCC, the CCB and the ICPC court to compel the anti-graft agencies to arrest Atiku over allegations of corruption.

Michael Achimugu, a whistleblower, had alleged that Atiku told him that bogus companies he termed “special purpose vehicles (SPV)” were used to steal public funds while he was vice-president.

Atiku was vice-president from 1999 to 2007 under Olusegun Obasanjo.

The revelation had rippled, generating much talk on social media.

A federal high court dismissed the suit on Monday. But Keyamo filed an appeal against the judgment.

“Earlier today, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, CON, filed an appeal against the ruling of the Hon. Justice J.K Omotosho of the Federal High Court dismissing his suit which sought to compel law-enforcement agencies to investigate ATIKU Abubakar over the SPV saga,” a statement issued by the senior lawyer’s firm said.

“We have raised an initial four grounds of appeal with a possibility of raising additional grounds of appeal. (Find the initial copy attached)

“Mr. Keyamo has a rich history of taking it upon himself to challenge unconstitutionality, corruption and the breach of the rule of law by public officials. Like ALL lawyers from time immemorial, he has won some, lost some and some are still pending in court. That is what the struggle is all about. And that is THE SAME SITUATION with our legal icons of blessed memories.

“This case is not an exception. The battle will be taken all the way to the apex court. Mr. Keyamo is not about to back down now.”

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