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Impeachment: Aliyu Sues Niger Assembly To Court

Posted: May 8, 2015 at 10:42 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinwendu Nnadozie  – Minna


As the aftermath of the face-off between the Executive arm of Government and the Legislature, Niger state Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu Wednesday evening got a Minna High Court interim injunction restraining the State House of Assembly from setting in motion any process of impeachment against him.

Honourable Justice Idris Evuti granted the three prayers as deposed to in an affidavit by the State Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Abdullahi Bawa Wuse.

The restraining suit number, NSHC/MN/54/2015, made available to newsmen in Minna on Thursday, was instituted by the governor against the new Speaker Hon. Isah Kawu, the Clerk, the Niger State House of Assembly and two others.

Observers say the governor’s move, seem a tacit recognition of the leadership of Isah Kawu, elected Speaker of the Assembly on Monday, following the impeachment of the former holder of the office, Adamu Usman and three other principal officers by 19 of the 25 members of the House. This is also contrary to claims by the ousted Speaker that he is in possession of the Mace, the House’s symbol of authority.

Governor Babangida Aliyu had also on Wednesday exonerated himself from the crisis rocking the State House of Assembly in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije, insisting that the face-off is, “internal”.

The statement also claimed that the governor was not targeted for impeachment when the crisis erupted in the assembly complex, resulting in the tear-gassing of aggrieved legislators. The road leading to the Assembly Complex was also barricaded on Tuesday and Wednesday.