Kogi Assembly Crisis: Court Orders Parties in Suit to Stay Away from Sitting

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By Alex Enumah in Abuja

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered parties to the suit involving the Kogi State House of Assembly to stay away from the assembly pending the determination of an application challenging the judgment of the court restoring the Speaker and other principal members.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba gave the order on Thursday to enable the respondents file their response to the application.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had, in a judgment he delivered on June 19, 2016, reinstated the impeached Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. MomohJimoh Lawal, the Deputy Speaker, Aliyu Akuh, and seven other Principal Officers of the Kogi State House of Assembly, saying the process that led to their purported impeachment on February 16, 2016, was unconstitutional and illegal.
Aside from the Speaker and his deputy, others the court also reinstated were Kolawole Mathew, Osiyi Godwin, Sunday Shigaba, Ndako Idris, Oluwatoyin Lawal, Musa Jimoh and Victor Omofaye. Specifically,
He said their removal was not in line with provisions of sections 90, 91, 92 (2) (c), 95 (1) & (2) and 96(1) & (2) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
The court voided the purported election of Umar Imam as the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, as well as the emergence of four others; Friday Sani; Lawal A.T. Ahmed; Bello Abdullahi and John Abah as principal officers of the House.
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