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Rivers Assembly crisis: ‘Maintain status quo, suspend sittings’— Court orders warring parties



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In suit No. FHC/PH/CS/240/2023, Edison approached the Federal High Court seeking to halt Amaewhule and other lawmakers from overseeing the legislative activities of the state.

The suit lists the Rivers State House of Assembly and Ehie Ogerenye Edison as the plaintiffs, while the defendants include Martins Chike Amaewhule, Dumle Maol, the Inspector-General of Police, Director of the Department of State Security Services in Rivers State, and the Commissioner of Police of Rivers State.

Presiding over the motion, Justice Phoebe Ayua directed all parties involved to refrain from taking any action on the matter, emphasizing the need to respect the jurisdiction of the court until a decision is made. The court specified that the new speaker and the House of Assembly sought a declaration and an order to prevent the former speaker and deputy from interfering in the legislative proceedings and duties of the new leadership.

The court has scheduled a hearing for November 27.

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