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Court Strikes Out Jibrin’s Suit To Compel House Of Reps To Lift Suspension

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The quest by embattled lawmaker, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin, to return to the House of Representatives after his suspension by his colleagues for going against the rules of the parliament has suffered a setback as a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned indefinitely a suit instituted by him to push for his return.

The suit filed by Hon. Jibrin to challenge his suspension from the House of Representatives was rejected by the Federal High Court due to the existence of an appeal on the same matter which is pending at the Supreme Court.

Counsel to Hon Jibrin, Chief Femi Falana, SAN, had argued that the High Court should disregard the appeal pending at the Supreme Court over the issue of joinder of some members of the House to the action.

However, counsel to the House of Representatives drew the attention of the court to the pendency of the appeal before the Supreme Court and urged the court not to proceed with the case as, according to him, Chief Falana was trying to set the lower court in collision with the apex court of the land.

In his ruling, Justice John Tsoho said he would not continue with the case until the matter is dispensed with by the apex court.

LEADERSHIP SUNDAY recalls that Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin had, in 2017, commenced Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/812/2016 to challenge his suspension from the House.

Similarly, some individuals who identified themselves as his constituents also commenced a separate action with Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/796/ 2016 seeking the nullification of his suspension.

When both matters came up on January 10 this year, the Federal High Court maintained that in the case of the suit filed by Jibrin, it would respect the Supreme Court and await its decision on the joinder to the suit of Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai, Hon. Orker Jev and Emmanuel Yisa, who said their reputations were impugned by accusations made by Jibrin.

On the related suit filed by three members of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency, the court struck out the suit for lacking in substance and want of diligent prosecution.


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