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Chime, Enugu House stand-off: Police defy order to vacate Assembly complex

By Francis Igata

ENUGU—The order made by the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu last Monday which ordered the Nigerian Police to vacate Enugu State House of Assembly complex has not been complied with.

The embattled speaker,Eugene Odo, confirmed to Vanguard that the Police had been served last Wednesday.

A visit to the assembly complex showed that two police patrol vehicles were stationed at the entrance gate with stern looking policemen manning the gate.

The order subsists, pending the determination of a suit brought by Odo on behalf of 15 members of the House who issued an impeachment notice against Governor Sullivan Chime on May 4.

The court, presided over by Justice D.V. Agishi, also restrained the police from curtailing the personal liberty of the speaker.

It ordered that policemen should not be seen around the House of Assembly complex except at points determined by the speaker.

It further ordered that the speaker and other 15 members of the House should be allowed to have access to the legislative complex, particularly the chambers.

The orders were made in an interim injunction granted in favour of the speaker who filed a suit before the court on behalf of 15 members of the House.

The respondents in the suit are the eight members of the House loyal to Governor Chime and the Nigerian Police.

Justice Agishi adjourned the matter to May 19 for further hearing.

But the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, DSP, had said:  “We are not aware of any injunction. The issue is that police is there to prevent breakdown of law and order.

‘’We are not part of the legislature neither are we the executive. Our business is to maintain law and order.”


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