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Court bars police from occupying Enugu Assembly Complex


Eugene Odoh

Enugu State House of Assembly speaker, Eugene Odoh

The Federal High Court sitting in Enugu yesterday ordered the Nigerian Police to vacate the Enugu State House of Assembly complex.

The order subsists pending the determination of a suit brought by the Speaker, Eugene Odo, on behalf of 15 members of the House who issued an impeachment notice against Governor Sullivan Chime on Monday, May 4, 2015.

The Court presided over by Justice D.V. Agishi also restrained the police from curtailing the personal liberty of the Speaker.

It ordered that policemen should not be seen around the House of Assembly complex except at points determined by the Speaker.

It further ordered that the Speaker and other 15 members of the House should be allowed to have access to the legislative complex, particularly the chambers.

The orders were made in an interim injunction granted in favour of the Speaker, who filed a suit before the Court on behalf of 15 members of the House.

The respondents in the suit are the eight members of the House loyal to Governor Chime.

Justice Agishi adjourned the matter to May 19 for further hearing.

The police had since last Monday sealed off the premises of the House of Assembly, allegedly on the orders of the faction of the House members loyal to Governor Chime.

The development was to prevent further sitting by the Odo faction, as well as forestall the ongoing inquiry by the lawmakers into the activities of some agencies of government in the state.

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