Hijab Crisis: Reps warns judiciary against abrogation of functions

OrderPaperToday – Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday went on a full charge against the Judiciary over what it called abrogation and usurpation of powers outside constitutional provisions.

Members were reacting to a motion of privilege raised by Rasak Atunwa (APC, Kwara) over the ex parte injunction delivered by Justice A.I Chikere of an Abuja Federal High Court.

The judge incidentally is married to a member of the House, Mr. Ken Chikere (PDP, Rivers).

Reacting to the motion, the Chief Whip of the House, Alhassan Doguwa (APC, Kano) called the action of the judge as “reckless and rascal” urging the House to unanimously rise up together against what he described as abrogation of jurisdiction by the judiciary.

He noted that the judgement is an affront against the sovereignty and integrity of the National Assembly with several implications for the legislature as the electioneering period draws closer.

He said: “The House will not take this rascality (and) this recklessness. We should move ahead as a House instead of setting up a committee to interface with the Chief Justice of the Federation.

“This matter has legal and integrity ramifications, a period where the election is fast approaching, the judiciary is abrogating and misinterpreting the law.”

Also speaking on the matter, Aliyu Madaki (APC, Kano) noted that there is a need to be suspicious of the judgments coming from the judiciary.

“The same judge that avoided the Standing Rule case of the House, stating that she has no locus standing is not giving judgement on a matter that concerns the House. This is indeed a trying time for democracy,” he said.

Also reacting to the motion despite an appeal by the Speaker, Ken Chikere (PDP, River) noted that the issue is more of institutional and not personal issue.

The House however resolved to set up an ad hoc committee headed by its Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, to interface with the Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnogen.

The committee is to have chairmen of Justice and Judiciary committees as members.

Recall that JUstice Chikere had given an ex parte ruling halting the House probe of the Hijab crisis which rocked the Nigerian Law School last year.

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