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Rivers State High Court Bars Chief Judge, Clerk from Accepting Impeachment Notice

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The Rivers State High Court has issued an Exparte Order of Interim Injunction preventing the Chief Judge of the State and the Clerk of the State House of Assembly from accepting any impeachment notice from the Martins Amaewhule-led State Assembly.

Justice Jumbo Stephen’s order restrains the Chief Judge and Clerk from dealing with Amaewhule and 26 other Assembly members. The court has directed all parties to maintain the status quo as of July 5, 2024, until the motion for an interlocutory injunction is heard and determined.

The case, marked PHC/2177/CS/2024, was brought by the Attorney General of Rivers State and Governor Siminialayi Fubara against Martin Amaewhule and 26 other Assembly members, with the Chief Judge, Clerk, and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as additional defendants.

Justice Stephen’s order specifically prohibits the 31st and 32nd defendants from acting on any resolutions, articles of impeachment, or communications from the first set of defendants. The court has mandated substituted service of the originating processes by posting them at designated locations in Port Harcourt.

The hearing for the motion on notice for the interlocutory injunction is scheduled for July 15, 2024.

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