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Court Grants Injunction Against Plateau Council Dissolution

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Onoja Audu  –  Jos


The Federal High Court sitting in Jos has granted an interim injunction restricting the Plateau State government or any other from dissolving local governments in the state pending the determination of the suit brought before it by the sacked  council leaders.

The 14 elected council chairmen had approached the Federal High Court through their counsel, Messrs Philemon Dafi and Gyang Zi, and obtained the injunction, which Governor Lalong ignored and went ahead to dissolve them on July 6.

Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Jos Federal High Court, in an order dated July 10 and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Jos, declared that the chairmen should remain in their offices pending the determination of the case before him.

The court also granted leave to the chairmen to serve the State House of Assembly and State Attorney General Forms 48 and 49.

It also granted them leave to serve on the State Commissioner of Police and all relevant law enforcement agencies with the court injunction earlier issued to the chairmen on June 16 restraining the governor from sacking them.

The order restrains the House of Assembly, the attorney General (1st and 2nd defendants respectively) from doing anything or taking any step contrary to the rights of the chairmen to remain in office with their deputies.

It pointed out that by section 7 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 199 (As amended) the chairmen who were sworn-in on March 3, 2014, have a tenure of three (3) years.

The order was emphatic on the chairmen remaining in their offices pending the determination of the Applicant’s Motion on Notice by “this Honourable Court. “

The court has adjourned the matter to Sept. 21, 2015, for contempt hearing.

Consequently, the chairman of Bassa Local Government has reportedly returned to his office on Monday, July 13, with the rest allegedly warming up to return to their offices.

However, when contacted, Mr. Emmanuel Nanle, Director of Press to the Governor, said the governor was not aware of any court injunction.