Rivers State Court Issues Restraining Order Against Lawmakers' Impeachment of Fubara

The article reports that a court in Rivers State has issued a restraining order preventing lawmakers from proceeding with the impeachment of Governor Siminalaye Fubara. The court's decision comes after a motion filed by the governor's legal representative. This injunction bars any action towards the governor's removal from office until further notice, maintaining the current status quo. The case is scheduled for a full hearing on November 14.

Court Issues Restraining Order Against Impeachment of Governor Fubara.

In a recent development, a Rivers State High Court of Isiokpo Division issued an interim injunction on Wednesday, preventing the state House of Assembly, including Speaker Martin Amaewhule, from proceeding with the impeachment of Gov. Siminalaye Fubara. The injunction also extends to the deputy speaker, the clerk, and the state chief judge, Justice Simeon Chibuzor-Amadi.


Presiding Judge Justice Ben Whyte granted this order after considering the motion ex parte filed by Damian Okoro, SAN, on behalf of the governor against the defendants. The court has explicitly prohibited "the defendants and their agents, privies, proxies and representatives" from taking any steps towards removing the claimant from office as the governor of Rivers.

Additionally, the defendants are forbidden from obstructing or interfering with the governor's execution of his official duties and functions until the Motion on Notice is heard and determined. The judge emphasized that all parties involved must maintain the current state of affairs and refrain from any actions that could further the alleged impeachment of the governor.

The case has been adjourned to November 14 for a full hearing.

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