The Court warns Assembly Speaker and deputy of contempt over Rivers crisis.

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Busy Bee November 24, 2023
Updated 2023/11/24 at 9:38 AM

The Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Martin Amaewhule, and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Dumle Maol, are facing contempt of court charges as the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt issues Form 48 against them. This action comes in response to an application filed by Rt. Hon. Ehie Ogerenye Edison and the Rivers State House of Assembly, citing disobedience to the court’s order issued on November 7, 2023.

In the case with suit number FHC/PH/CS/240/2023, where the Rivers State House of Assembly is the first plaintiff and Rt. Hon. (Barr) Ehie Ogerenye Edison is the second plaintiff, the court had explicitly instructed all parties not to take any actions related to the subject matter of the suit. Despite this, on Monday, the Assembly, led by Amaewhule, convened at the Assembly complex under purported police coverage and discussed various matters.

Edison, who claims to have been elected as the new Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly by 26 of his colleagues, filed a court process alleging that Amaewhule invaded the Assembly and conducted a session in blatant disregard of the court’s order to maintain the status quo.

Subsequently, the court officially entered Form 48, titled ‘Notice of Consequences of Disobedience of Order of Court,’ dated November 22, 2023, and endorsed by the Registrar of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt Judicial Division.

In the context of the proceedings overseen by Justice Phoebe Ayua, the issued notice cautioned the defendants, Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule (Former Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly) and Rt. Hon. Dumle Maol (Former Deputy Speaker State House of Assembly), both located at House of Assembly Complex, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The notice conveyed a stern warning that failure to comply with the court order and uphold the status quo could result in imprisonment. The notice explicitly stated, “Take notice that unless you obey the directions contained in this order, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.”

It is noteworthy that Justice Ayua, responding to the plea from the new Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ehie Edison, and the Rivers State House of Assembly, had previously issued an order instructing all involved parties in the Rivers Assembly crisis to maintain their current positions. Additionally, Justice Ayua prohibited any actions related to the subject matter of the case until the motion’s determination, which was adjourned until November 27, 2023.

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