New speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Titus Uba, and other principal officers were on Monday restrained from carrying out official duties by the Makurdi High Court.
The court also restrained the Uba-led House from entering and sitting in the state assembly complex.
Deputy Speaker, Johnson Ahubi; majority leader, Avine Agbom; Deputy Majority Leader, Sule Audu; and Chief Whip, Kester Kyenge are the other principal officers of the house restrained.
Given the restraining order on a motion ex-parte brought by the impeached speaker, Terkibir Ikyange, Justice Theresa Igoche said ‘the order is made in the overall interest of justice.’
She said, “I have looked at paragraphs 22-34 of the affidavit in support and paragraphs 5-13 of the affidavit of urgency.
“This court takes judicial notice of the order of interim injunction made against the plaintiffs/applicants in Suit No. MHC/259/18.
“It is similar to the relief being sought here. It is my view that it is necessary for the purpose of averting any danger that may be caused and to avoid any breach of the peace.”
She added, “That this application be granted so that the members of the Benue State House of Assembly will not sit in the 5th plaintiffs/applicants complex until the motion on notice is heard and determined.
“This order is made in the overall interest of justice.”