Nigeria: Court Warns Against Removal of Senate President

A Federal High Court in Abuja Nigeria has warned against unlawful removal of Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki until the determination of the suit challenging his removal.

While adjourning for service of processes, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ordered parties in the matter not to take any steps to undermine the authority of the court.
Senators Rafiu Adebayo (Kwara South) and Isa Misau (Bauchi Central) are seeking an interlocutory application restraining the Senate from impeaching Saraki following his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.

At the hearing on Tuesday, Emeka Etiaba and Mahmud Magaji, representing the senators, asked the court to make preservatory orders in order to protect the subject matter before the suit.

Those joined as defendants in the suit are Senate, the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan (Senate Leader), Senator Bala Ibn Nallah (Deputy Senate Leader), Senator Emma Buacha (Deputy Minority Leader), Clerk of the Senate, and Deputy Clerk of the Senate.

The court directed the senators to serve necessary processes on the defendants in the matter. The suit was adjourned to September 13 for hearing.

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