2nd December, 2010
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and presided over by Justice Adamu Bello, hasÂ nullified the suspension of Mr. Dino Melaye and other members of the ProgressiveÂ Group in the House of Representatives.
They were suspended from the House on 22 June, 2010.
The court held that the suspension is unlawful, null and illegal.
It maintained that the lawmakers were not granted fair hearing before they wereÂ suspended. This, the court said, breached their constitutional right to fairÂ hearing.
While conceding that theÂ National Assembly is empowered to regulate itself by theÂ provision of Section 60 of the 1999 Constitution as well as Section 24 of theÂ Legislative Houses, Powers and Privileges, Justice Bello observed that the maximumÂ period for the suspension of any member of the legislature as provided in theÂ statute is for a period not more than 14 days.
He frowned at the imposition of an indefinite suspension on the plaintiffs andÂ described the action of the House of Representatives as an arbitrary show of powerÂ and the tyranny of the majority.