Court stops suspended Imo LG bosses from re­sum­ing of­fice

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Chi­diebube Okeoma, Ow­erri

Ahigh Court in Ow­erri on Tues­day is­sued an in­terim or­der bar­ring the suspended Imo State lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas’ chair­men and coun­cil­lors from re­sum­ing in the 27 LGAS of the state.

The ver­dict was de­clared de­spite the fact that the suspended chair­men and coun­cil­lors re­fused to ap­pear in court or send any rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Jus­tice Eze Nje­manze is­sued the or­der fol­low­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion for an in­terim or­der filed by the At­tor­neyGen­eral and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice in the state, Ndukwe Nnawuchi.

The At­tor­ney-gen­eral said the suspended chair­men and coun­cil­lors, hav­ing filed nu­mer­ous suits in court chal­leng­ing their sus­pen­sion, should have waited for the out­come of their suits in­stead of seek­ing to take over gov­ern­ment by “brute force.”

Nnawuchi said, “A sit­u­a­tion where a case is pend­ing in court and the de­fen­dants de­cided to take up weapons and over­run the 27 coun­cil ar­eas in Imo State, is an af­front on the le­gal au­thor­ity of the court. It would por­tray the court as a tooth­less bull­dog if such reck­less­ness was con­doned.

“It is also crim­i­nal and trea­son­able felony, to take over gov­ern­ment by force with­out the back­ing or force of law.”

he said such an ac­tion if al­lowed, would be a recipe for an­ar­chy be­cause the state would be seen as a place where only the strong and mighty sur­vived with­out any re­course to law and or­der.

The judge said that all the par­ties in the suit were duly served and were aware that the sub­stan­tive suit HOW/613/2019, was pend­ing be­fore the Court.

he pointed out that the de­fen­dants ig­nored the pen­dency of the suit and tried to force their way into the 27 LGAS on Mon­day.

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