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Court stops Rivers APC congress

Court stops Rivers APC congress
May 11
20:32 2018
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A high court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, has stopped the All Progressives Congress (APC) local government congress scheduled for Saturday, May 12.

Chiwendu Nwaogu, a judge, gave the ruling in Port Harcourt on Friday after the police quelled a riot by unknown persons within the court premises.

TheCable had reported that some youth chased judges away from the court, resulting to tension in the area.

The riot led to a temporary closure of the state’s judiciary complex and the brutalisation of some journalists, litigants and lawyers by thugs around the court premises.

Magnus Abbe, senator representing Rivers south-east senatorial district, had filed a motion on notice to stop the congress.

The motion followed a controversial ward congress held in the state on May 5.

Abe and Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of the state and minister of transportation, have been at loggerheads regarding the party politics.

The riot in the court complex was an attempt to stop the court session, but the police responded by dispersing the rioters with gunshots.

Nwaogu later sat to grant an order restraining the APC in the state from holdin the local government congress.

He also adjourned till June 26 for further hearing on the matter.

 

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