By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA – AN Ogun State High Court yesterday granted an interim injunction restraining the Inspector General of Police from giving effect to the resolution of the House of Representatives, asking him to provide security for the Speaker Tunji Egbetokun to sit within seven days.
The injunction thus brought to two obtained by factional Speaker; Mr. Soyemi Coker against the implementation of the Resolution as he had on Monday obtained one at the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta.
Delivering judgement in Abeokuta in the suit filed by factional Speaker, Mr. Soyemi Coker, Justice Phillip Onamade said the Inspector General should not provide security for Egbetokun to “preside over another Ogun State House of Assembly pending the hearing of the motion on notice.”
Coker had approached the court through his counsel, Mr. Olusina Sofola, SAN, asking for the court to grant his interim injunction supported with a 22 paragraph affidavit, a 7-paragraph further affidavit and another 7-paragraph affidavit of urgency.
Sofola also supported his application with a 4 page written address saying that the situation was of real urgency since Egbetokun was not even prepared to wait for the 7 days as contained in the House of Representatives Resolution before convening the sitting.
He argued that under Section 215 (3) of the 1999 Constitution, only the President of the country could direct the Inspector General of Police to take steps to protect the peace and order in any part of Nigeria.
He said that the court should grant the application to avoid a situation where there will be two Houses of Assembly in Ogun State.
In his ruling after reviewing the submission of Sofola, Justice Onamade said “there is no doubt that a situation of real urgency exists in this matter.
“While recognizing the constitutional powers of the House of Representatives under Section 11 of the 1999 Constitution, it will be the joy of the people of Ogun State if that power is exercised to reunite warring parties so as not to disturb the peace of the State. For it is only under peaceful atmosphere that people can go about their lawful duties and development can take place.