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Court orders immediate reinstatement of Lawal as Kogi Speaker

20 May 2016, 13:06

Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja has reinstated the impeached Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Momoh Jimoh Lawal, as well as the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Aliyu Akuh and seven other Principal Officers of the state Assembly, reports National Mirror

In a judgment delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, the court said he process that led to their purported impeachment on February 16, 2016, was unconstitutional and illegal.

Also read: PDP, Kogi Speaker, drag five Kogi lawmakers to court

It 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.

Consequently, 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.

According to Vanguard, other principal officers reinstated were Kolawole Mathew, Osiyi Godwin, Sunday Shigaba, Ndako Idris, Oluwatoyin Lawal, Musa Jimoh and Victor Omofaye.

The judge, however, refused to make orders against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS) and the Commandant of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) over their role during the purported impeachment.

- News 24


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