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Supreme Court Stops NASS from Amending Constitution

Posted: May 10, 2015 at 6:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Supreme Court on Thursday stopped the National Assembly from going ahead to pass into law the Fourth Alteration Act which seeks to amend the 1999 Constitution.

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, who led six other justices of the apex court to hear the suit, filed by the federal government to stop the NASS from overriding President Goodluck Jonathan’s veto on amendments to the constitution, specifically warned the parties not to do anything that will affect the subject matter of the suit.

The case has, however, been adjourned to June 18, 2015.

The order of the court has effectively killed the threat by the lawmakers to go ahead to pass the amendments into law, thereby rendering the whole amendments process which gulped billion of Naira a wasted exercise.

In order to stop the National Assembly from going ahead to pass into the contentious amendments to the constitution, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) had applied for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the lawmakers   from taking any further step towards passing the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Act, 2015 into law pending the final determination of the suit earlier filed before the court.

The application which was filed by the counsel to the AGF, Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN, was brought pursuant to Order 3 Rule 14 of the Supreme Court Rules as amended.

The AGF premised the application on the grounds, among others, that the National Assembly was determined to proceed with passing the constitution by overriding the veto of same despite the fundamental nature of the issues raised against it.