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Court bans NASS from taking over Edo Assembly

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A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has restrained the National Assembly, the Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) from interfering or sealing up the Edo State House of Assembly.

Ruling, Justice Adamu Turaki Mohammed granted an ex-parte application filed by the Edo State House of Assembly Deputy Speaker Yekini Idiaye and a member Henry Okhuarobo, who represents Ikpoba-Okha constituency.

Justice Mohammed granted four orders of interim injunctions requested by the applicants, among which are:

  • ordered the Clerk of the National Assembly, Senate President and House of Representatives Speaker from interfering or taking over the Assembly’s legislative functions
  • barred Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki from issuing any fresh proclamation for the state Assembly pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice
  • restrained the Inspector-General of Police and the State Security Service or their agents or officers from sealing up the Assembly or obstructing the plaintiffs in whatever manner in the performance of their constitutional duties as members of the Edo State House of Assembly.

The court adjourned until August 16 for further hearing.

The Edo State House of Assembly has been engulfed in political tussle between former Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki.

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