Court Dismises order restraining Benue Assembly Speaker, Members from Sitting

A State High Court in Makurdi on Monday November 12 vacated the interim order which restrained the Speaker, Titus Uba and 21 other members from sitting at the assembly complex.

The Benue State Chief Judge Justice Aondover Kaa’kan vacated the order while ruling on a motion brought to it by counsels to the speaker, Mr Sebastine and Edward Ashiekaa, SAN.

Ashiekaa had prayed the court to set aside the interim order of August, 13, 2018 which restricted the speaker, Titus Uba and 21 others from embarking on activities in the assembly complex.

It will be recalled that Justice Theresa Igoche who was ruling on the motion brought before her by Mike Osman, SAN counsel to the impeached speaker, Terkibir Ikyange in August, this year had restrained the new speaker and other 21 members from the assembly complex.

In his ruling, Justice Kaka’an stated that by law the judicial arm of government cannot restrain the Benue State House of Assembly from performing its legislative functions.

He stated that the role of the judiciary is not to overheat the polity with orders capable of destabilizing same maintaining that the court should not encourage impunity in any way.

Justice Kaa’kan described the argument against the granting of the motion by counsel to the former Speaker,Terkimbi Ikyange, and seven others, Mr Sunday Okpale, as an academic exercise.

He ruled that the interim order of August 13, 2018 which restrained the use of the assembly complex played on the intelligence of an earlier order and the entire legal system and was a dent on the image of the judiciary.

Justice Kaka’an maintained that injunctive orders were not at the beck and call of the court to be shared and that claimant must earn them.

The Chied Judge who adjourned the case to November, 28 however transfered the substantive case to Justice Augustine Ityonyiman of high court 9 for hearing and determination.

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Micheal Gusa, stated that by virtue of today’s ruling, the Benue State House of Assembly under the leadership of Uba can now conduct legislative business at the Assembly Complex.

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