The Ogun State High Court has nullified the suspension of a former Deputy Speaker of the Ogun House of Assembly, Dare Kadiri.
The High Court on Friday also described the suspension as unconstitutional.
Justice O. A. Onafowokan of the High Court 3, Abeokuta judicial Division, while delivering judgment in a suit brought before the court, also held that the lawmaker’s suspension was an abuse of power and office by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, the House of Assembly and the Clerk of the House.
The court ordered that all emoluments due to the lawmaker, who represents Ijebu North II State Constituency, be paid immediately by the Ogun State House of Assembly.
The House, in September 2022, suspended Kadiri and another lawmaker, Solomon Osho, representing Remo North State Constituency, over an alleged breach of the rights and privileges of the state legislature.
At a plenary presided over by the Speaker of the Assembly, the House said the lawmakers were suspended in line with the provisions of sections 14 and 15 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, 2017.
The Speaker claimed during the session that the document containing the suspension of the lawmakers had been signed by the appropriate number of colleague lawmakers; hence it needs no other procedure before implementation.
However, the House later pardoned and recalled Osho while Kadiri approached the Court to challenge his suspension.
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