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Rivers Government, Assembly appeal judgement voiding National Assembly resolution

A day after the judgement, another crisis erupted which resulted in the police allegedly shooting live ammunition in the House. Twenty-five members of the Assembly loyal to Mr. Amaechi had converged on the Assembly to resume duties following the court judgement, but were dispersed by the police who shot teargas and live ammunition at lawmakers.

The leader of the six anti-Amaechi lawmakers, Evans Bipi, had said he was after the governor because Mr. Amaechi disrespected Mrs. Jonathan. He referred to the first lady as his Jesus Christ on earth.

Two lawyers, Tamunotemi Asobari and John Kpakol, had challenged the resolution of the National Assembly in July to take over the legislative duties of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

He explained that the implication of the motion for stay of injunction was that effect could not be given to the judgement of the court until the motion was disposed of.

The Rivers Assembly is split into two, with the minority faction loyal the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, and the first lady, Patience Jonathan.

A counsel to the governor and the state legislature, Ahmed Raji (SAN), made this known in a letter notifying the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar.

The state seeks stay of execution of judgement.

Mr. Raji said in the letter to the IGP dated December 11, “We represent the 7th, 8th and 9th defendants in the matter. We are pleased to inform you that following the judgement of the court delivered in the matter today (11/12/13), we have lodged an appeal against the said judgement on behalf of our clients (7th, 8th and 9th defendants). We have also filed a motion for stay of execution of injunction.”

They also filed a motion of stay against the judgement.

Delivering judgement in suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/500/13 against Senate and others on Wednesday, Justice Ahmed Muhammed held that at the time the federal legislature took over the affairs of the Rivers State House of Assembly, there were no facts that the Assembly was unable to carry out its functions as provided under the Constitution.

The Rivers State Government and the State House of Assembly have appealed against the judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja voiding the resolution of the National Assembly to take over the legislative functions of the Assembly.

The National Assembly voted to take over the Assembly’s legislative functions following the bloody crisis that occurred when five lawmakers attempted to impeach the Speaker, Otelemaba Amachree, alleged to be Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s protégé.

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