Governor Rotimi Amaechi

A Port Harcourt High Court on Friday declared an eight-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry put together by Governor Rotimi Amaechi to investigate the crisis in the Rivers State House of Assembly as unconstitutional.

The court presided over by Justice Lamenkara Iyaye, also restrained the commission from sitting to investigate the crisis.

Iyaye held that under the principle of natural justice, Amaechi lacked the capacity to constitute a panel to investigate a crisis involving him.

The court restrained the state government from receiving or acting on any recommendation made by the commission of inquiry.

He said that only a regular court was competent to inquire or try anyone on the allegation which led to the crisis in the assembly.

The panel headed by Justice Biobele Georgewill was mandated to investigate the remote causes of the July 9 crisis in the House.

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