Nigerian govt. pledges not to undermine Tambuwal’s office

Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja again on Friday, ruled that status quo should be maintained till November 17 in the suit brought by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, against the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, which withdrew his security details.

The court gave the order as the Federal Government through Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, and the Inspector General of Police, Suleman Abba, pledged not to do anything that would undermine the Office of the Speaker.

It did not, however, make any categorical asking the police to reinstate the Speaker’s security aides as it was silent on it.

Mr. Tambuwal had last Friday challenged the withdrawal of his security aides following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the All Progressives Congress, APC.

He had also asked the court to restrain the PDP from impeaching him as Speaker.

The court had ruled on Monday that Mr. Tambuwal remained the Speaker and directed the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu and others not to reconvene the House, at least, until November 7.

The Speaker had decamped to the APC on October 28 while the police withdrew his security details the following day.

Defending the action in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, the IGP said the security personnel were withdrawn because of his defection from the party on whose platform he was elected into the lower legislative chamber.

In the latest ruling, Justice Ahmed Mohammed said he issued the order maintaining the status quo based on the verbal undertakings by the counsel to the defendants not to do anything that would undermine the matter of the case.

“Parties are on agreement that the res should not be tampered with. The plaintiffs are satisfied by the undertakings granted the defendants not to tamper with the res. The lone issue now is the security of the plaintiff,” the judge said.

“On the issue of jurisdiction, the court has power to determine whether or not it has jurisdiction. The preliminary objections will be taking together with the substantive case. Parties are hereby directed to maintain the status quo pending the hearing of the suit and the preliminary objections.”

Before the ruling, Lateef Fagbemi, who led 67 other lawyers to defend Mr. Tambuwal pleaded with the court to grant the interim orders of injunction to restrain the Federal Government from threatening him as Speaker and as a member of the lower house.

However, the defendants objected to the request, saying it was unnecessary since they did not do anything to destroy the res since Monday when the court gave the order to maintain status quo and would not still do anything.

Mr. Tambuwal attended Friday’s court session, accompanied by supporters and aides.


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  • Guguru

    I would rather trust the air than trust any aspect of this administration.

  • Chris1408

    If GEJ devote the same amount of energy he spends fighting political rivals on the fight against Boko Haram, Boko Haram would have been a thing of the past.

    • Isi Agwo

      It is the same battle. Jonathan’s political opponents and Boko Haram are one and the same.

      • kingbaabu

        Prove it or did you just pull that out of your ass as you PDP-GEJ loons usually do?

      • Dr. Kay

        Ha ha ha ,just hear yourself no wonder you are an e-rat, a phool who will sell his manhood for 50kobo, oloshi , ole , barawo , banza , Chineke poyonkun, no wonder you rats are passy passy under under ,passy passy side side ,passy passy in and out like Duumbo and company .
        You are so anencephalic that Dumbos political opponents are the same as Bokoharam , lol, by the time Bokoharam foist their flag in Aso rock ,I wonder who Dumbo will be chasing amongst his opponent , Buhari , Tinubu, Atiku, or Rivers governor?
        Let him continue , by the time they are at the border of Abuja , I wonder wether his security details will not scatter towards Niger republic like the naija ragtag, pepper soup drinking ,mammy market addicted, civilian bashing and bullying armies.
        Stoopid aborigines , useless thieves, lowlife clueless swines.

        • Chima

          Dr. Kay, are you a commanding strategist with Boko Haram?

          • Dr. Kay

            Are you a Mumu?

          • Lala

            Na mumu to infinity degree him be.

          • Lala

            Go siddon for your shit jare! Homo Ignoramus!

        • growthengine

          That is the same army that Tinubu and co may inherit if they smell aso rock

        • Lala

          Sir Kay, you wan use laf kill me o! Abi softly, softly for the rats o! You know say dem no get 9 lives like cats o!

      • Alcindo Satori

        say it like it is my man. GEJ’s political opponents are boko haram!

      • Lala

        Is that why they ferried 9 million dollars in cash to SA?? Shameless Homo Ignoramus!

    • Lala

      Abi o!

  • Peter Perceival

    This Federal High Court judge is dubious in not defining what “status quo” means. Does it mean the Speaker remains without his security detail?

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      There is no provision in the constitution which specifically states that security details must be provided for the speaker however every Nigerian who feels the need for extra security can apply to the IG of Police and the Speaker happens to be a Nigerian……why not apply then.
      Our constitution which was doctored by the northern military dictators is very inadequate and full of loop-holes.It is also worthy of note that the Speaker is also trying to take advantage of the ambiguous constitution because it does not specifically state that a Speaker must be produced from a majority party in the house when he clearly knows that the same constitution states that any member of the house who cross-carpets when his party is not split or merged shall relinquish his position.
      The provision of security is at the discretion of the Presidency or security agencies which report to the Presidency.

      • Zarto Ali

        Bravo! Hausa fulani. You may hate the entire race, but there is absolutely nothing you can do about their ascendency. Remember the outcome of the much awaited national conference ? Where is thy wisdom ? Where is the power and wishes of your paymaster Dumbo

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Nobody hates anybody,what people hate is cheating and it must stop . There MUST be a level playing field for all Nigerians…….If you recall we were leaving peacefully before 1914 and I as an Igbo man is not historically related to you by any stretch of the imagination…….put that in your empty skull and always remember that we do not owe you any responsibility !!
          Southern monkey dey work,northern Baboon dey chop is no more sustainable !!

      • Tonnero

        The provision of security is at the discretion of the presidency? What part of the law says that? You keep thinking the president is a monarch and you are giving him more powers than he has. This is a democracy. The rules apply to the president as to anybody else nevermind the mindless impunity that GEJ is perpetrating.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          The President is the Chief Security officer of the country !!

  • King Carlos

    This judges sef…. which one be status quo. It’s either white or black. This is a kangaroo pronouncement. How can a judge be sitting on the fence? Giving a ‘no victor no vanquish’ judgement doesn’t speak well of our judges. 2 arms of government are in conflict and instead of the 3rd to settle the matter, it’s rather playing safe and clearly doesn’t want to offend either of the 2. That shows lack of courage.

    • Sword of Damocles

      I am SHOCKED that this judge deems it fit that the 4th Constitutional officer of the Land should sit without a protective detail until the 17th. Key phrase the judiciary needs to learn is EXIGENT. AS @ King Carlos notes thoroughly lacking COURAGE & LOYALTY TO THE CONSTITUTION. I do what to keep perspective & note that if it wasnt for this judge our lawless & treacherous Executive branch would have run EVEN MORE rough-shod over the Legislature.

      • Chima

        Technically this Judge does not believe this guy is still no. 4. If not the judge would have insisted that they protect him physically by providing security pending Nov 17.. Na waoo

        • Onike24

          Did the counsel to Tambuwal ask for that? You can’t give what was not asked.

    • True Nigerian

      Well, don’t forget that Judges are free to speak the truth only to the extent which the society they live in is free. Nigeria has got the truth bound, caged and imprisoned. Here is what I mean, this poor judge, as honest as he would like to be, is also aware that the chief defendant in this case has a squalid record of lawlessness, including a lawless removal of incumbent judges who speak the truth. President Jonathan is a mindless desperado! The truth and those who speak it in Nigeria are endangered species. That is the reason why national rebirth must begin in 2015 by changing the party at the centre.

      • King Carlos

        hmmmmnnnn…oto oro…truth. ….u get sense

    • Tonnero

      I think you misunderstand the judge though. He has not yet heard the case. What every judge does is to ask for the status quo to be maintained until he has heard the case and passed judgement. This in no way pre-empts how the judge will rule though as I agree with you that our judges, like most Nigerians, are slaves to stomach infrastructure and are very afraid of losing their jobs so they do what will give them money or what their bosses say. Apologies to the few though who give judgements according to their conscience and damn the consequences.

      • King Carlos

        Hmmmm. …true talk

  • the_adviser

    Lateef Fagbemi and 67 other lawyers defending Tambuwal. What an overkill such a surfeit of lawyers trying to be relevant.

    • OkoAbeni

      Tambuwal himself is a Lawyer

      • Goodluck_Nigeria

        Yes ……ooooooooo ……. Tambuwaaal is a federal character cum quota lawyer …… such that fail their WASC and go into SBS …. do remedial …… do so called pre-degree …… land in Uthman dan fodio University Sokoto with no credits from WASC

        • Nija

          What about your father who was a lecturer can tell us just 3 of his student and where he obtained his so called PhD? You are just like your dad Mr dumbo Mumu

        • Lala

          He is sure smarter than Dr. Dumbo!

  • Morinsola Coker

    Dear Editor,

    Nigerian Judges need thinking lessons. Thy fumble whilst Nigeria burns.
    Some of them are so naive they could issue an injunction to Boko Haram,
    asking Mujahedeen Abubaka Shekahu to maintain the ‘status quo’ in Mubi.
    Nigeria can’t make any progress with daft fellows on its High Court Bench.

    • Lala

      I have said it before. President Jonathan is the Nero of our times. If you like, make him a life Presido, he will always fiddle while Nigeria burns. He does not give a damn!

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  • wode

    “Nigerian govt. pledges not to undermine Tambuwal’s office”

    PT, where is the pledge?

    • gwangwala

      Not tambuwal’s office but OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER. They will no doubt undermine tambuwal

  • Goodluck_Nigeria

    Make no mistakes about it ……… Tambuwaal will surely taste the blood of Dracular with or without “Justice Ayo Salami”

    • Tonnero

      Why? Because he chose to move to a different party?

  • olawale

    he his still the recognized speaker in nigeria as far as Nigerians are concern.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Talk for yourself !!

  • AYODEJI

    face of today robbers

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  • Abdulkadir

    PDP, the devils den is ravaged by their actions. The house will be no more after 2015. cant wait for that time to come

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Pipe dreams !!