July 21, 2024
A’court nullifies expulsion of 25 pro-Wike lawmakers from Rivers assembly
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A’court nullifies expulsion of 25 pro-Wike lawmakers from Rivers assembly

The court of appeal in Abuja has dismissed the order of a Rivers high court which restrained Martin Amaewhule and 24 others from parading themselves as lawmakers of the state assembly.

A three-member panel of the appellate court led by Jimi Olukayode-Bada, held that the trial court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit, as such matters can only be heard and determined before a federal high court.

The appeal, which was filed by Amaewhule, factional speaker of the Rivers state house of assembly, and 24 others, sought to vacate the order of a high court in Port Harcourt that restrained them from parading themselves as lawmakers.

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Recall that on May 30, Charles Wali, the high court judge, in a suit filed by factional speaker, Victor Oko Jumbo, restrained the lawmakers in Amaewhule’s faction from conducting legislative sittings anywhere, including within the legislative quarters and also restrained Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers state, from interfacing with or accepting resolutions and bills from the 25 lawmakers.