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Rivers: Court Halts Wike’s Bid To Sack 23 LG Chairmen

Posted: Jun 24, 2015 at 1:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria presided over by Hon. Justice J.T. Agbadu-Fishim in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has granted an interim injunction against Rivers State Governor, the State House of Assembly and the state Attorney-General and their agents from dissolving, suspending, sacking terminating or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the tenure of office of the 23 local government chairmen in the state.

The order in Suit No: NICN/YEN/26/2015 granted on Monday, June 22, 2015, followed a motion ex-parte and affidavit of extreme urgency filed by the 23 local government council chairmen on behalf of themselves and the 23 local government councils of Rivers State.

The order also restrained the Inspector-general of Police or his agents and privies from enforcing any purported action detrimental to the existence of the 23 chairmen and councils in the state.

The court said the order would remain in force until hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) recalled that Governor Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State House of Assembly and the state Attorney-General had been hatching plots to do away with the elected 23 local government councils in Rivers State.

The APC said that despite the presence of a few bad eggs, the judiciary remains the last hope of the oppressed.

Meanwhile, Governor Wike has vowed that the  local government councils would be dissolved because the court had allegedly restrained the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) from conducting local government council election but the former Governor Amaechi administration went ahead to conduct the election in disobedience of court order.