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Court refuses to hear Rep Jibrin’s suit against his suspension


Abdulmumini Jibrin

Abdulmumini Jibrin

The quest by the former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumini Jibrin to stop the lower legislative chamber from suspending him yesterday suffered a setback as a Federal High Court in Abuja refused to hear two of his suits.

Jibrin had approached the court to bar speaker, Yakubu Dogara and the entire House from suspending him due to his role in the alleged budget padding crisis in the lower legislative chamber.

But the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, who is currently sitting ‎as a vacation judge, refused to hear the suit owing to the fact that the plaintiff failed to obtain the court’s leave to have his cases heard during the ongoing vacation.

Counsel to Jibrin, Abdulhamid Mohammed, urged the court to hear him out on the two cases, which were both listed for hearing, but the judge turned down the request on the grounds of the counsel’s failure to comply with the court’s rules.

Justice Abang ruled as he declined to hear the first case: “A matter filed during court vacation is not heard as a matter of cause.“The applicant is expected to apply and obtain the leave of court to have his matter heard during the court vacation in line with the provisions of Order 46 Rule 5 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2009.

“This applicant did not do so. I do not have jurisdiction to even grant an adjournment of this suit.“It is expected that the applicant will do the needful to comply with the provisions of the rules of this court.”Jibrin, through his lawyer filed the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/595/2016 against Dogara, his deputy, Yusuf Lasun and other principal officers of the lower chamber seeking anorder to stop their alleged plan to suspend him from the House.

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