Gambia’s Chief Justice recuse himself from injunction to stop Barrow’s inauguration

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Gambia’s Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle on Monday decided to stay himself away from the interlocutory injunction filed by outgoing President Yahya Jammeh for the court to stop the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow.

Last Thursday, the outgoing president’s Attorney Edward Gomez filed injunction to stop the inauguration of President-elect Barrow.

Chief Justice Fagbenle today declined to rule either way in the motion because he’s the subject of it.

It could be recalled that the injunction is seeking the Court to restrain the Chief Justice of The Gambia, his agents, servants, workers, employees or any person acting in judicial or quasi-judicial capacity from swearing-in and /or inaugurating Adama Barrow as President of the Republic of the Gambia on the 19th day of January 2017 or any other date pending the determination of the petition of the petitioner/Applicant before the Honourable Court.

The petitioner is also seeking for the court to restrain the President of the Republic of The Gambia, the government of the Republic of The Gambia, its agents, servants, workers, employees or any person  acting in whatever capacity from preparing, arranging, organizing, conducting, partaking or participating in any manner or form in the swearing-in and /or inauguration of Adama Barrow as President of the Republic of The Gambia on the 19th day of January 2017 or any other date pending the determination of the petition of the petitioner/Applicant before the court.

The injunction also seek for the restraining of the National Assembly of The Gambia, its Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Honourable Members, Clerk of the National Assembly, agents servants, workers, employees of the National Assembly,  or any person acting in whatever capacity from swearing-in and or inaugurating or preparing , arranging, organizing, conducting, partaking or participating in any manner of form in the swearing-in and /or inauguration of Adama Barrow as President of the Republic of The Gambia on the 19th day of January, 2017, or any other date pending the determination of the petition of the petitioner/Applicant before this Honorable Court.

The Petitioner further seek the court to restrain any organ of the government of the Republic of The Gambia, any domestic, regional or international body, group or organization, their agents, servants, workers, employees, any person acting in whatever capacity from swearing-in and or inaugurating or preparing, arranging, organizing, conducting, partaking or participating in any manner or form in the Republic of The Gambia on the 19th day of January, 2017 or any other date pending the determination of the petition of the petitioner/Applicant  before the court.

Finally, the injunction is seeking the court to restrain Adama Barrow from Presenting himself before the Honourable Chief Justice of The Gambia or any judicial or quasi-judicial officer or any person in whatever capacity whatsoever for swearing-in or inauguration as President of the Republic of The Gambia on the 19th day of January, 2017, or any other date pending the determination of the petition of the petitioner/Applicant.