Crisis in Rivers Parliament: New Speaker launches contempt suit against Amawfulu MP

Crisis in Rivers Parliament: New Speaker launches contempt suit against Amawfulu MP


The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has been asked to indict former Rivers House of Representatives Speaker John Johnson. Mr. Martin Chike Amauful and his deputy, the Rt. Dumulu Maor was jailed for allegedly refusing to comply with a court order.

Already, the new Chairman, the Rt. Edison Ehie filed Form 48, a Notice of Consequence of Disobedience of Court Order against the former Chairman and his representatives.

The applicants in the case are the Rivers State House of Assembly member and Mr. Ehie, while the suspects are Mr. Amawful, Mr. Maoru, the Rivers State House of Assembly member, the Inspector General of Police, the Rivers State Director-General of the National Security Agency, and the Rivers State House of Assembly member. The Rivers State Police Commissioner.

The applicants in the suit marked FHC/PHC/CS/240/2023 contended that the respondents had failed to comply with the court order passed on November 7, 2023. The order ordered the parties not to take any action regarding the subject matter of the case in court.

In the process, the new Speaker, Mr. Ehie, accused the former Speaker of allegedly invading the Rivers State House of Assembly and opening the House in flagrant violation of the court order to preserve the status of the party.

Form 48 entitled “Notice of Consequences of Disobedience of Court Order” is dated November 22, 2023 and signed by the Clerk of the Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt.

The suspects were warned that if they did not comply with the court’s order, they would be sentenced to prison.

Justice Phoebe Ayuba of the Federal High Court orders all parties to the crisis to maintain the status quo and not take any action regarding the subject matter of the case, following a petition by the Ihie and Rivers State House of Assembly. issued. Determination of motions by notice.

The case was adjourned until November 27, 2023.

The command reads: “The prayers listed on the motion paper are rejected.

“An order has been passed directing the plaintiff/applicant to immediately notify the defendant.

“However, as this matter is already before this court, an order has been issued that all parties on record should respect the court and take no action regarding the subject matter.”

Source: guardian.ng

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