Rivers Chairman urges IGP to address allegations of misconduct by police officers


A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt on Tuesday ordered two factions of the Rivers House of Assembly to suspend further deliberations and maintain status quo until the matter is disposed of.

The parliamentary faction chairman, Edison Ehie (case number: FHC/PH/CS/240/2023), approached the courtroom presided over by Justice Phoebe Ayua.

He prayed the court to prevent former Speaker Martins Amaefure and other members of the House of Representatives from presiding over the activities of the state legislative body.

In this case, the first plaintiff is a member of the River State House of Assembly, and the second plaintiff is Mr. Ehie (Speaker of the River State House of Assembly).

The defendants are the factional chairman of the House of Assembly, Martins Amaufule, Damle Mole, a former deputy speaker, the Inspector General of Police, the Rivers State Director-General of State Security, and the Commissioner of Police.

In his judgment, Justice Ayua ordered all parties to respect the court order pending the hearing and determination of the notification motion.

The order directed the petitioner/applicant to immediately notify the respondent.

“However, as this matter has already been heard before this court, pending trial and hearing and determination of the motion, we urge all parties on the record to respect the court and take no action regarding the subject matter. An order has been passed directing that no action be taken,” on the notice. ”

In this action, the plaintiffs declare, among other things, that because the former Speaker and his representatives have been removed and suspended from the House of Representatives, they have no right to participate in, obstruct, interfere with, or obstruct the legislative process or the performance of the duties of Congress. I asked for new speaker.

They said this was in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution.

The plaintiffs also sought an order restraining the former Speaker and members from interfering with or participating in the functioning of Parliament.

The court adjourned until November 27 for hearing.

Parliament split into two factions when Mr. Amawful and some members tried to impeach Governor Siminalai Hubala.

Source: guardian.ng

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