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Court Voids Suspension Of Edo Lawmaker



An Edo State High Court has declared the three months suspension slammed on Hon Godwin Adenomo by lawmakers in the Edo State House of Assembly as unconstitutional, illegal and of no effect whatsoever.
Hon Adenomo who is representing Ovia South West constituency was suspended on May 16 for demanding payment of N220m as his outstanding benefits and salaries.
He was suspended for the first three months in the first instance for failing to appear before the House ad hoc committee to prove his claims.
Speaker of the Assembly, Hon Kabiru Adjoto said Adenomo did not follow proper channel in line with the house rules to make his demands which he described as political and a deliberate attempt to malign and bring the House to disrepute.
However, delivering judgment in a suit filed by Hon Adenomo’s Counsel, Kingsley Obamogie, Justice V.O. Oviawe held that Speaker Adjoto lacked powers to suspend Adenomo for three months.
Justice Oviawe who declared that suspending the lawmaker without any hearing was unconstitutional, invalid, null and void set, aside the purported suspension of Adenomo as Member representing Ovia South–West constituency.
The court held that Hon Adenomo is entitled to exercise his constitutional rights and discharge his duties as the representative of his constituency without any inhibition or constraint whatsoever from the defendants.
Justice Oviawe also declared that Hon Adenomo should not be subjected to any form of marginalisation whatsoever by the Speaker, their servants, agents and/or privies.
The Judge granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining Speaker Adjoto, their servants, agents and/or privies from interfering with the rights of Adenomo as the elected Member of the Edo State House of Assembly representing Ovia South – West constituency, without due regard to the process of law.
He further granted an order of injunction restraining the Defendants from further marginalising Adenomo in breach of his right as elected Member of the assembly representing Ovia South-West constituency.
The court also held that the request of Adenomo to the ad hoc committee for adjourning of its sitting to 21st May, 2018 was reasonable which the ad hoc committee ought to have acceded to.