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Court Nullifies Impeachment Of Imo Deputy Gov, Madumere

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The Owerri High Court presided over by Justice Benjamin Iheaka has declared the impeachment of the deputy governor of Imo state, Prince Eze Madumere as null and void and no legal consequence.

Reading the judgment which lasted for over three hours, justice Iheaka flayed the chief Judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi and the Attorney General of the state, Militus Nlemadim for not adhering to the provisions of section 188(5) of the 1999 constitution as amended in the impeachment of Prince Madumere on July 31,2018.

The jurist contended that the CJ constituted the seven man panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct by Madumere by the state House of Assembly outside the seven days lifeline as provided by the constitution.

Justice Iheaka said that while the resolution by the state legislature to commence impeachment process on Madumere was reached on July 11,the  CJ constituted the panel nine days later which was on 20th of July, 2018, in contravention of the constitution.

He stated that constituting the seven man panel nine days after the resolution was made was not admissible in law.

The court equally restrained the speaker of the state House of  Assembly, Acho Ihim and the state House of Assembly who were 9th and 10th defendants in the suit from carrying out any other impeachment proceeding on Madumere until the matter before the court  is disposed

In his reaction, the deputy Governor of Imo state, commended the judiciary for identifying with the truth and stressed that the judiciary has proved beyond all reasonable doubt that it is the hope of the common man. He described the judgment as landmark. He said he

has succeeded in fighting against impunity, lawlessness and fragrant

abuse of rule of law by the state government.

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