Police Defy Court Order, Remain In Enugu Assembly Complex

EnuguThe Nigeria Police is yet to comply with the Federal High Court order, contained in an interim injunction granted in favour of the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly and, the 15 members of the House.

The court had on May 11, ordered the Nigerian Police to vacate Enugu State House of Assembly Complex and the order subsists, pending the determination of the suit brought by State Assembly Speaker, Eugene Odoh, on behalf of 15 members of the house.

The order also allowed the Speaker and the other 15 lawmakers to have access to the legislative complex, particularly the chambers.

The presiding Judge, Justice Dorcas Agishi, said since the matter was for mention, the parties should take a date for hearing, but Mr Okibe informed the court that it was a case of Enforcement of Fundamental Human Rights, adding that they needed a short date for expediency of motion.

Justice Agishi then adjourned the matter to May 26 and ordered that hearing notices be served on all respondents.

Mr Okibe then noted in an interview that since the respondents have failed to bring any representation or respond to the suit, should they fail to report on May 26 as adjourned, the judge would have no choice but enter into judgment which would be delivered in their favour.

However, the police were still stationed with their vehicles at the House of Assembly Complex at Independence Layout.

Efforts to speak with the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, to provide reasons for their continued stay in spite of the court order was fruitless.

Deputy Senate President Denies Ambition For Enugu Governorship Election

The Senate Deputy President, Senator Ike Ekwereamdu, has said he has no intention of contesting the 2015 governorship election in Enugu state.

Senator Ekweremadu stated this at a parley with journalists in Abuja.

He also refuted reports that the governorship seat has been zoned to Enugu north, explaining that there is no zoning arrangement in the state.

Also speaking on the constitutional amendment process, the Deputy Senate President said the Senate committee on constitution review would lay its report before the Senate’s plenary this week.

He assured that recommendations made by the committee were based on majority views on what would best strengthen the nation’s democracy and federalism, while also engendering national development.