Lawyer Faults Impeachment Of Kogi Assembly Speaker

Sebastian Hon-SpeakerA Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) Sebastian Hon, has described the impeachment procedure of the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly as a flagrant breach of the Constitution of Nigeria.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the lawyer revealed that the number of lawmakers that sat to pass the revolution is less than two-third of all the members of the house.

“Even if they claim that more than one-third are firing a notice of allegation, the number that sat to pass the revolution is less than two-third of the legality of all the members of the House of Assembly in accordance with section 188 sub-section 4 of the constitution,” he said.

Mr Hon emphasised that “the number to look at is the totality of the membership of the House of Assembly and not the number sitting at a particular time.”

The Senior Advocate faulted the Nigerian judicial system saying there is a lacuna in the law.

He pointed out that when there is an intervention from the judiciary in such a case, the status quo has to be maintained, which is the status quo ante bellum (the state existing before the war), allowing the former Speaker to continue speaking until the judiciary determines the issue.

Five lawmakers in a 20-member House sat on Tuesday and purportedly impeached the Speaker, Honourable Momoh Jimoh.

The lawmakers also chose Umar Imam as the new Speaker of the House.

Ogunba Identifies Delay In Justice As Judiciary’s Biggest Challenge

On this edition of Law Weekly, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Kunle Ogunba, identified what he regards as Nigeria’s judiciary’s biggest challenge, including delay in delivering justice as well as congestion in courts.

The programme also featured some of the ceremonies which marked the commencement of this legal year and some of the key things that the heads of the courts talked about that would guarantee a better judiciary going forward.

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar lamented the decline in the allocation of funds to the judiciary, while the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta at the legal year ceremony of his court in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital talked about inadequate manpower and some of the measures he has put in place including directions to guarantee a more robust adjudication.

In the interview segment, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Kunle Ogunba identified the delays and the slow pace of justice as the greatest challenge of the Nigerian judicial system.

He also shared his perspectives for tackling the issue and much more.