Court annuls Jibrin’s suspension from House of Reps

The Federal High Court in Abuja Thursday has overturned 180-legislative-day suspension imposed by the House of Representatives on a former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on September 28, 2016.

Delivering judgment in the suit filed by Jibrin to challenge the sanction imposed on him, Justice John Tsoho declared the suspension of the legislator as unconstitutional, holding that it violated Jibrin’s freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution.

The judge ordered the lower legislative chamber to pay Jibrin all the salaries and emoluments due to him for the period he was unjustly suspended.

Justice Tsoho ruled, “The suspension was an interruption of his earnings which will be automatically restored especially when it has been decided that the action was a nullity by virtue of granting prayers 1 and 3 of the originating summons.

“When an action is declared a nullity, it is deemed that it never happened.”

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