Jibrin Storms High Court With Over 30 Lawyers To Challenge His Suspension

Reps member, Abdulmumin Jibrin on friday, stormed the Federal high court in Abuja to protest his suspension from the House of representatives.

Jibrin who was the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation was suspended 7 months ago after accusing the House of reps leadership of Budget padding. The embattled reps member was in the company of his constituents and his lawyers numbering about 30 including his lead counsel, Femi Falana (SAN).

Presiding Judge, Justice Tsoho, after hearing arguments for and against an application filed by two members of the House, Rep. Nicholas Ossai, and Rep. Oker Jev, fixed May 10th as the day to determine whether or not to put on hold, proceedings in the suit instituted by Rep. Abdulmumuni Jibrin challenging the legality of his suspension.

Counsel to the lawmakers, Mr. Akeem Kareem, told the court that they had already filed a notice of appeal against the ruling of the court delivered on April 13, which prevented them from joining the suit as interested parties.

The lawmakers’ counsel said that they were dissatisfied with the ruling of the court.The position of the two lawmakers in seeking the stay of proceedings was supported by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and the House of Representatives.

Jibrin’s counsel, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), asked the court to discountenance the motion for stay of proceedings.He said this was on the grounds that those seeking to stop the substantive matter had no “locus standi” (business) to do so.

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