Friday, 18 March 2016

Rivers State High court releases order restraining army from deploying troops on up coming elections

Rivers State High Court raised an order on Wednesday disengaging the Chief of Defense Staff, Brigade Commander of Amphibious Brigade and the Chief of Army Staff, from deploying military troops for the upcoming re-run elections.

The ruling was delivered  by Justice George Omereji in a suit filed by the PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah and the PDP, the Court ordered: "That an order of interim order be made and is hereby made restraining , Chief of Defense Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Brigade Commander, 2nd Amphibious Brigade, whether by themselves, their agents, servants, officers and operatives or privies from interfering with the applicants right to participate at will in the  government of Nigeria either directly or through free chosen representatives, threatens to arrest, harass, intimidate, torture , incarcerate the applicants and their  members  during  the rerun elections for the State and National Assembly  on  19th March,  2016".

The Court based its judgment on the judgment by the Appeal Court in the case between the APC versus and others in 2015 detailing the non-involvement of the Army and the Armed Forces in elections.

Justice Omereji added that the PDP has the responsibility to serve the judgment on the Military for them to comply without any form of questioning.

"Leave be and is hereby granted the applicants to issue and serve the originating motion of the jurisdiction of this Honorable court for service on the Chief of Defense Staff, Chief of Army Staff and the Brigade Commander of Second Amphibious Brigade and INEC at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT", Justice Omereji said.

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