From Paul Ibe, Enugu

An Abakaliki High Court presided over by Justice John Igboji, has granted an interlocutory injunction restraining the Ebonyi State House of Assembly from proceeding with any impeachment processes against the state governor, Martin Elechi.

The order followed an ex-parte motion brought by Governor Elechi against the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Chukwuma Nwazunku, the Chief Whip, Kingsley Ikoro on behalf of fourteen other members of the Assembly and five others, seeking an interim restraining order against the first to the third respondents.

Also joined in the suit includes Ebonyi House of Assembly, the State Chief Judge, Commissioner of Police, Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

In the motion filed by Chief  Tagbo Ike, the plaintiff asked the court to grant him the order pursuant to order IV Rules 3 and 4 ©(IV) and (V); Order V rule 7(B) and (D) of fundamental rights (enforcement procedure) rules, 2009,

In his ruling after hearing the counsel to the plaintiff, Justice Igboji  granted the application stressing that the interim injunction restrains “the 1st to the 3rd respondents from howsoever continuing with the impeachment proceeding against the applicant without causing the applicant to be served with notice of impeachment pending the determination of the substantive application”.

The Judge thereafter adjourned the matter to Tuesday March 10, 2015.



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