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Court reinstates Kogi House of Assembly’s impeached Speaker

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, reinstated the impeached Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Momoh Jimoh Lawal to the office.

Lawal and 9 others Principal officers of the Kogi State House Assembly, who were removed from office on February 16, 2016, had challenged their purported removal by the Hon. Umar Imam led group.

Other plaintiffs in the suit are Honourables Aliyu Akuh (deputy speaker), Kolawole Matthew, Osiyi Godwin, Sunday Shigaba, Ndako Idris, Oluwatoyin Lawal, Musa Jimoh, Victor Omofaye and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The defendants are Honourables Umar Imam, Friday Sani, Lawal Ahmed, Bello Abdullahi and John Abah, 1st to 5th respectively. Others include the IGP, DG-DSS, Commandant Civil Defence Corps and Kogi State House of Assembly.

Delivering judgement on the matter, the presiding Judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ordered the 1st to 5th defendants to “Immediately vacate the different offices they now purportedly occupy by reason of the purported impeachment and removal of the Speaker and other Principal Officers.

Consequently, Justice Dimgba directed the Speaker (Lawal) and the other Principal Officers (2nd to 9th plaintiffs) to immediately resume their duties in their different offices as they were never impeached and/or removed.

Justice Dimgba also ordered the DSS, Civil Defence Corps and KSHA “to immediately restore the security details of the 1st plaintiff (Lawal) and other Principal Officers purportedly impeached or removed by the illegal acts of the 1st to 5th defendants”.

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