Court restrains suspended Edo lawmakers

A Benin City High Court Wednesday restrained the four lawmakers suspended on Monday by the Edo State House of Assembly from gaining entrance into the premises of the Assembly and the legislative quarters.

The suspended lawmakers are Festus Ebea, Patrick Osayimwen, Jude Ise-Idehen and Friday Ogieriakhi.

The court also restrained the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 5, Benin City and the Commissioner of Police, Edo State from interfering with the sitting activities and other functions of the state Assembly pending the determination of a motion on notice before it.

Ruling on a motion brought before it by Speaker of the House, Uyi Igbe; Phillips Shaibu, Majority Leader of the House, (Claimants/ Applicants against), with Festus Ebea, Patrick Osayimwen, Jude Ise-Idehen, Friday Ogieriakhi, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Benin City and Commissioner of Police, Edo State as Defendants/Respondents, Justice V. O. Eboreime ordered substituted service of the origination summons on the suspended legislators by advertisement in a national newspaper and a local newspaper within 48 hours.

In suit no B/70/OS/2014, Uyi Igbe and two others had gone to court to seek “an order of interim injunction restraining the four Defendants by themselves or agents, assigns, privies or other persons acting for, through or by them from forcibly gaining entrance into the premises and legislative quarters of the Edo State House of Assembly or however interfering with the sitting activities and other functions of the third claimants pending the determination of the motion on notice.”

The applicants also sought an order of substituted service of the originating summons and other processes in the matter on the suspended legislators by advertisement in a national newspaper and a local newspaper.

Justice Eboreime adjourned the case to 23 June, 2014 for hearing of the Motion on Notice.

The Applicants were represented in Court by Gabriel Oladejo, esq, while Ferdinand Orbih (SAN) represented the suspended lawmakers.

Author: News Editor

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