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Court Stops NASS From Taking Over Functions Of Rivers House of Assembly

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Credit: Newsday

Credit: Newsday

The Federal High Court in Abuja has nullified the resolution of the National Assembly that gave it powers to take over the functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly, following the crisis rocking the legislature in the state.

Recall that in a move to resolve the crisis in the Rivers State, that led to the members engaging in a free for all, the National Assembly (both houses of the Senate and the House of representatives) took over the legislative duties of the state House of Assembly.

Justice Ahmed Ramat Muhammed Wednesday ordered the National Assembly to stop performing the legislative functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Justice Muhammed held that as at the time the National Assembly took over the affairs of the Rivers State House of Assembly, there were no facts that the Assembly was unable to carry out its functions as provided under the constitution.

The Justice said by the provisions of section 11(4) and (5) of the constitution, the National Assembly could not assume the law making functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly when there were no facts that the Assembly was unable to carry out its functions

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