The Federal High Court in Abuja has on Thursday reinstated the impeached Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Momoh Jimoh Lawal, as well as the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Aliyu Akuh and seven other Principal Officers of the state Assembly.
The court held that their removal was not in line with the provisions of sections 90, 91, 92 (2) (c), 95 (1) & (2) and 96(1) & (2) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
On February 16, Lawal and eight other officers of the state assembly were removed from their various offices by a five members led by Mr. Umar Imam.
However, in a judgment delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, the court said that the process that led to their purported impeachment was unconstitutional and illegal.
While ordering the reinstatement of the plaintiff as speaker, the court held that, “The continued sitting and conduct of the affairs of the Kogi State House of Assembly by the 1st – 5th defendants after the purported removal of the 1st plaintiff and other principal officers of the House and purported installation of themselves as principal officers of the Kogi State House of Assembly on the 16th day of February, 2016, is illegal having regard to section 96(1) of the Constitution and Rule 5(1).”
The plaintiffs, who were reinstated to their positions are, Lawal (Speaker); Aliyu Akuh (Deputy Speaker); Kolawole Matthew, Osiyi Godwin, Sunday Shigaba, Ndako Idris, Oluwatoyin Lawal, Musa Jimoh and Victor Omofaye.