Federal High Court

A high court in Imo State presided over by Justice Goddy Anunihu, has nullified the suspension of five members of the state House of Assembly.

Anunihu declared the processes that led to the indefinite suspension of the five lawmakers as “putting the horse before the cart”.

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The presiding judge also awarded N8m as cost against the three defendants.

The defendants are the Imo State House of Assembly, the Speaker, Acho Ihim, and Governor Rochas Okorocha.

While the lawmakers who dragged the defendants to court are Chiiji Collins, Israel Nnataraoye, Nkenna Nzerue, Uche Oguwuike and Donatus Onuigwe.

The lawmakers were suspended in July by their colleagues in what the Speaker described as “unparliamentary conducts.”

Anunihu, who tongue-lashed the legislature for acting against the law, faulted the setting up of a team to investigate the allegations against the now reinstated lawmakers.