Rivers Crisis: Appeal Court to Rule on Pro-Wike Lawmakers’ Sack Motion

An Appeal Court  in Port Harcourt is set to deliver a ruling on June 2, 2024, on an application brought to it by pro-Wike members lawmakers, led by Martins Amaewhule, against the decision of a Rivers State High Court stopping them from parading as members of the State Assembly.

This follows a suit filed by the pro-Fubara faction of the Assembly, led by Victor Oko-Jumbo.

The Rivers State High Court, presided over by Justice C.N. Wali, had issued an ex parte order restraining Amaewhule and the 24 others from parading themselves as members of the House of Assembly and holding any sessions.

Amaewhule and the 24 pro-Wike lawmakers appealed against the ex parte order, requesting the Appeal Court to vacate it and dismiss the suit entirely.

During the resumed hearing on Thursday, the respondents, Oko-Jumbo and others, filed a counter-application.

The court then directed the plaintiff to respond by 12 noon, Friday, May 31, 2024, and to show proof of service to the respondents through any means, including WhatsApp.

Counsel for the plaintiffs requested the court to consolidate all the applications before it, following the interlocutory injunction issued by the Rivers State High Court despite the pending appeal.

The Appeal Court directed the respondents to respond on or before Monday, 3rd June 2024, ahead of the resumed hearing and ruling on the application.


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