The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted an order authorizing the Rivers State House of Assembly to carry out its constitutional duties without interference.
Additionally, the court has issued a restraint against the Rivers State Government, its agents, or affiliates, preventing them from withholding funds allocated to the Assembly and disrupting the roles of the Assembly’s Clerk, Deputy Clerk, or the Assembly itself.
This legal development stems from the faction within the Rivers Assembly aligned with the Minister of the FCT, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. Seeking the court’s intervention, they pursued this order after two prior decisions instructed both factions to maintain the existing status quo.
On November 1, responding to a lawsuit initiated by the Rivers Government and Governor Sim Fubara against the Amaewhule faction of the Rivers Assembly, the High Court in Isiokpo instructed both parties to uphold the status quo. The case has been adjourned to December 20.
Furthermore, on November 21, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt issued an order directing both factions within the Rivers State House of Assembly to maintain the status quo ante bellum and suspend further deliberations until the pending matter is resolved. This legal action was initiated by factional Speaker Ehie Edison.