…Plot to remove Amaechi thickens
The National Assembly has written the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to stay action on plans to allow anti-Governor Rotimi Amaechi lawmakers from gaining access to the Rivers State House of Assembly to take any action against the governor.
The National Assembly said it has appealed against the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which voided its right to take over the functions of the state House of Assembly.
The National Assembly wrote the IGP through its counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN) against the backdrop of plot to allow six anti-Amaechi lawmakers to begin the impeachment process against the governor on Friday.
The Nation gathered that the self-acclaimed Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Evans Bippi had in the early hours of Friday met with Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu on the readiness of the lawmakers to sit.
Bippi was said to have allegedly told the CP that he had secured the signatures of 27 lawmakers to convene a session of the House of Assembly.
As at press time, the police has allowed anti-Amaechi lawmakers into the Rivers House of Assembly to sit and begin impeachment proceedings against the governor.
But the National Assembly said since its appeal was pending, it would be illegal to allow the anti-Amaechi lawmakers to sit.
The letter reads: “We refer to our letter of yesterday (11/12/130 in respect of the above matter.
“We are glad to learn that your officers in Rivers State prevented some members of the Rivers State House of Assembly from sitting in the Parliament today(12/12/13) on the ground that a copy of the Judgment has not been presented to the police.
“It thus means that the Judgment of the Court has not been executed in any way. Meanwhile, shortly after the Judgment, we filed an Appeal along with a Motion for Stay of Execution and an Injunction.
“We caused the two processes to be served on your office yesterday vide our letter dated 11th December, 2013
“The implication of the two processes is that effect cannot be given to the Judgment delivered yesterday (11/12/13) until the motion filed by us is disposed of.”