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Court of Appeal in Jos re-instates lawmaker sacked by Federal High Court

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Court of Appeal in Jos, the Plateau state capital on
Monday, re-instated the member representing Jos
North/North constituency at the Plateau state House of
Assembly, Ibrahim Baba Hassan, who was sacked by
the Federal High Court sitting in Jos, over alleged
certificate forgery.
It could be recalled that the lawmaker was taken to a
Federal High Court since 2015 by Abdul Nasir Saleh,
who challenged the authenticity of the lawmaker’s
Diploma Certificate in Business Administration which he
claimed to have obtained from the University of Jos.
Our correspondent reports that Saleh contested party
primaries with the lawmaker on the platform of All
Progressives Congress, APC, in 2014 but came second.
The High Court sacked the lawmaker and ordered him
to pay the sum of N25 million damages to the plaintiff

and also ordered him to return his salaries and
allowances to the government.
But the counsel to the lawmaker, Solomon Umoh
appealed the matter at the Court of Appeal, Jos Division.
In a consensus judgement by Justice Mudassiru
Oneyangi, Tani Hassan and Habeeb Abiru, the Appeal
Court set aside the ruling of the Federal High Court on
the ground that the plaintiff filed the matter before the
court after 14 days of the primaries of their party in
2014.
Justice Oneyangi said the court heard the matter for
more than three years and according to section 285 (10)
of the 1999 constitution, a High Court must deliver
judgement within 180 days on the issue of pre-election
matter.
He said; “The matter has spent more than three years
as against 180 days and in the first instance, the High
Court lacks jurisdiction to hear the matter because the
case was filed before the court after 14 days of the
stipulated time guiding the court regarding pre-election
matter.”
“And therefore all written judgements by the court were
declared null and void. There is merit in the appeal; the
High Court judgement is hereby set aside,” he ordered.
Counsel to the plaintiff, David Ibeawuchi, said they
would study the judgement before they take their next
action.

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