Court voids sus­pen­sion of four Imo law­mak­ers, re­stores seats

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Charles Ogug­buaja, Ow­erri

AN Ow­erri High Court, presided over by Jus­tice Goddy Anunihu, yes­ter­day in­val­i­dated the sus­pen­sion of four Imo State House of As­sem­bly mem­bers.

Those in­volved are Dr. Uche Oguwuike (Ike­duru APC), Chiji Collins (Isiala Mbano APC), Is­rael Nnataraonye (Mbaitoli) and Nkenna Nzeruo. They were sus­pended on June 27, 2018 for al­leged “un­com­pli­men­tary con­duct.”

The court also di­rected the Speaker and the House to pay the af­fected law­mak­ers their salaries, emol­u­ments and al­lowances within the pe­riod they were sus­pended.

Jus­tice Anunihu ruled that the af­fected per­sons’ sanc­tions were vague, say­ing that the ap­pli­cants were not al­lowed to clear their al­le­ga­tions.

The judge, who stated that the House should have al­lowed the mat­ter to be de­ferred be­fore the sus­pen­sion, ruled that the sus­pen­sion of the law­mak­ers was in vi­o­la­tion of their rights to fair hear­ing. Mean­while, N8 mil­lion as dam­ages and N100,000 as le­gal fees were awarded ac­cord­ingly.

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