Nigerian Court Put On Hold Suit BY Lawmaker To Compel House Of Representatives To Lift Suspension

Suspended Member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin


By Joseph Edegbo

Kasuna (Nigeria) – The quest by embattled lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin, to return to the House of Representatives after his suspension has suffered a setback as a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja adjourned indefinitely, a suit instituted by him to push for his return. 

The suit filed by Jibrin to challenge his suspension from the House of Representatives was rejected by the Federal High Court due to the existence of an appeal on the same matter which is pending at the Supreme Court. 

Counsel to Jibrin, Femi Falana, SAN, had argued that the High Court should disregard the appeal pending at the Supreme Court over the issue of joinder of some members of the House to the action. 

However, Counsel to the House of Representatives drew the attention of the court to the pendency of the appeal before the Supreme Court and urged the Court not to proceed with the case as according to him, Chief Falana was trying to set the lower court in collusion with the apex court of the land.

In his ruling, Justice John Tsoho said that the manner the information about the appeal before the Supreme Court gets to him, he will not continue with the case until the matter is dispensed with by the apex court. 

When other related matters came up on the 10th of January this year, the Federal High Court maintained that in the case of the suit filed by Jibrin, it would respect the Supreme Court and await its decision on the joinder to the suit of Ossai Nicholas Ossai and Orker – Jev Emmanuel Yisa, who said their characters were impugned by accusations made by Jibrin. 

On a related suit filed by three members of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency, the court struck out the suit for lacking in substance and want of diligent prosecution.

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