Court restrains Imo LG chairmen, councillors suspended by Ihedioha from assuming offices

Court restrains Imo LG chairmen, councillors suspended by Ihedioha from assuming offices

- The local government chairmen and councillors suspended by Governor Ihedioha have been restrained by a court order from forcefully resuming their offices

- The Imo state high court ruled that the status quo should be maintained from when they were suspended until the hearing of the substantive case scheduled for Tuesday, January 28

- Recall that the chairmen and councillors had attempted resuming their offices citing a Supreme Court order

The 27 local government chairmen and councillors suspended by Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo state have been restrained from resuming offices.

The Nation reports that an Imo state high court issued the interim order restraining the suspended local government chairmen and councillors from forcefully resuming their offices.

Legit.ng gathered that the attorney general of Imo state, Ndukwe Nnawuchi (SAN), filed the application for the interim order at the state high court.

Nnawuchi berated the local government officials for resorting to resume their offices by force after filing suits to challenge their suspension.

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Court restrains Imo LG chairmen, councillors suspended by Ihedioha from assuming offices

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The attorney general noted that the local government officials must be patient and wait until the court to rule on the various suits they have filed.

Nnawuchi said taking over a local government by force is a criminal offence. He claimed that it is a case of treasonable felony.

Granting the interim order, Justice Eze Ohiri Njemanze said none of the parties in the suit, that is the state government and the local government chairmen/councillors, had the right to truncate the process or resort to self-help.

The presiding judge said all the parties must wait for the determination of the substantive case and ordered that the status quo from the day of the dissolution of the suspended chairmen and councillors be maintained.

The court will determine the interlocutory injunction on Tuesday, January 28.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the local government chairmen suspended by Governor Ihedioha defied the governor and resumed their offices on Monday, January 6.

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The suspended local government chairmen backed up their actions with a Supreme Court directive.

Nineteen of the 27 suspended local chairmen who were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had resumed their offices.

This is according to a statement released by Sam Onwuemeodo, the special adviser on media to Senator Rochas Okorocha.

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