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Rivers Assembly Crisis: Court Reserves Judgment

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division has reserved judgment in the appeal filed by a former speaker of the River State House of Assembly, Martin Amaewhule and 24 others against the Speaker, Victor Oko-Jumbo, and five others.
The appellate court reserved verdict in the matter after parties have adopted all their briefs in the matter.

At the proceeding that was conducted virtually on Thursday, Amaewhule and others are asking the court to stay execution of a high court verdict which saw them out of office and further proceedings in the suit and that whatever decisions Jumbo has taken while in office, should be set aside.

They are also asking for an accelerated hearing in the matter while contending that the order made by the trial court was without jurisdiction.

The respondents prayed the court to dismiss the appeal for lacking in merit because the records of appeal transmitted were incompetent.

After the submission of the counsel in the appeal, the three-man panel led by Justice Jimi Olukayode-Bada reserved judgment to a later date.

The appellate court had in a ruling on June 14 ordered that all parties in the suit maintain status quo and cease every form of hostilities until the matter is heard and decided.

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