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Court nullifies impeachment of Niger Speaker

30 October 2015, 11:04

Niger - A high court in Minna, Niger state, has declared the impeachment of the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Adamu Usman, last May unconstitutional,  null and void, Thisday reports.

 The court also ruled that the lawmakers erred in law by removing the Speaker contrary to the provisions of the law.

Usman was impeached by 14 out of the 27 lawmakers in the House of Assembly on May 5, 2015, a few days  to the end of the seventh Niger State House of Assembly.

He was replaced by Isa Kawu who held the position till the end of the seventh assembly.

Also read: Niger Assembly elects Marafa as Speaker

Consequently Usman and 2 others had dragged the assembly and 22 others before the court seeking its declaration that apart from the action of the assembly being unconstitutional the decisions taken by the defendants’ were of no effect.’

Also the plaintiff asked the court to declare that his rights, privileges and interests were not affected by the purported impeachment.

Giving her judgment which lasted almost 90 minutes, Justice Fati Lami Abubakar agreed with the petitioner that the lawmakers erred in law by impeaching the petitioner without two-thirds of the members being in attendance at the session where the action was taken.

- News 24


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