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Judge declines further hearing challenging lawmaker’s suspension

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By Perez Brisibe & Ochuko Akuopha

OLEH—Justice C. Emifonye of a Delta State High Court sitting in Oleh, yesterday declined further hearing in the case  before it challenging the suspension of the member representing Isoko constituency II, Johnson Erijo, by the Delta State House of Assembly.

The plaintiffs in the case are Ernest Osima, Isuosuo Samson, Adumogbe Aghogho and Reuben Egede, all of Isoko constituency II, while the defendants are the state House of Assembly, the Speaker, the House Leader and the state Attorney General.

The plaintiffs are challenging the legality of Erijo’s suspension, seeking for an order restraining the House from further deliberation or any discussion about his suspension pending the determination of the matter.

They are also seeking for an order restraining the defendants from preventing Erijo from carrying out his legislative duties on behalf of the constituents.

Declining further hearing in the matter, yesterday,  Justice Emifonye transferred the matter to the Chief Judge of the state for re-assignment to another judge.

Erijo was slammed with a three-months suspension alongside the Chief Whip of the House and member representing Oshimili North constituency, Pat Ajudua for alleged desecration of the hallowed chamber of the House by their activities.


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