Legal Nigeria

Court stops Wike from sacking LG Chairmen

By Kitan Badmus
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria presided over by Hon.
Justice J.T. Agbadu-Fishim in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state has
granted an order of interim injunction against the Governor of
Rivers gtate, the Rivers State House of Assembly and the
Attorney-General of Rivers State and their agents from
dissolving, suspending, sacking terminating or in any manner
whatsoever interfering with the tenure of office of the 23 Local
Government Councils of Rivers state.

The order, in Suit No: NICN/YEN/26/2015, which was granted
on Monday, 22nd June, 2015 followed a motion ex-parte and
affidavit of extreme urgency filed by the 23 Local Government
Council Chairmen on behalf of themselves and the 23 Local
Government Councils of Rivers state.
PM News reports that the order also restrained the Inspector-
general of Police or his agents and privies from enforcing any
purported action detrimental to the existence of the 23
Chairmen and Councils in Rivers state.
The party said the order will remain in force until the hearing
and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory
The APC recalled that the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom
Wike, the Rivers State House of Assembly and the Hon.
Attorney-General of the State have been hatching all manner of
schemes to do away with the elected 23 local Government
Councils in Rivers state.
APC said that, despite the presence of a few bad eggs, the
judiciary remains the last hope of the oppressed. “Therefore,
we hail this decision by the Yenagoa High Court Order.”
Governor Wike has vowed that the 22 local government
councils would be dissolved because the court had allegedly
restrained the Rivers state Independent Electoral Commission,
RSIEC, from conducting local government council election but
former Governor Amaechi administration went ahead to
conduct the election in disobedience of court order.
Credit : The Sheet