Friday, 8 May 2015

Court Restrains Niger State House of Assembly from Impeaching Gov. Aliyu



Minna High Court has issued an order restraining the Niger State House of Assembly from initiating impeachment, proceedings against the Governor Muazu Aliyu, following the recent change of leadership at the assembly.

The governor, in an exparte application, moved by his counsel, Rotimi Ojo prayed for the order of the court for interim injunction, restraining the defendants from setting in motion, against him, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The court, presided over by Justice Idris Evuti also restrained the defendants from appointing acting governor in the state, pending the determination of the motion on notice.
In the case, suit no NSHC/MN//54/2015 filed on 6/5/2015, Justice Evuti ordered that “the defendants are restrained from accepting any nomination of any purported candidate for the position of the acting governor of Niger State, or however described from assuming the plaintiff’s position, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”
The court has fixed May 27, 2015 for hearing of the substantive case.
Meanwhile, the police have continued the closure of the Niger State Assembly complex, thereby preventing members and employees from entering their offices.
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