Appeal Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara state capital yesterday upheld the high court judgement which ordered the immediate reinstatement of Kwara lawmaker, Honourable Iliasu Ibrahim, who was suspended in 2013.
The lawmaker represents Ipaye/Malete/Oloru constituency in the House.
It would be recalled that his suspension was lifted by the State High Court in a judgement delivered on June 16, 2014.
The lawmaker who attempted to resume at the House was prevented from entering by security agents attached to the House.
But the Court of Appeal in a unanimous judgement upheld the earlier verdict of the High Court, describing the suspension of the lawmaker as “illegal, null and void”.
The appeal CA/IL/155/2014 was filed by the House Speaker, Razaq Atunwa and Hon. Yusuf Tanke against Iliasu Ibrahim.
The appellate court in the lead judgemnt delivered by Justice Uchechukwu Onyemenam dismissed the appeal and ordered the payment of all entitlements of the suspended lawmaker.
The court also awarded N100, 000 cost against the appellants.
Counsel to Hon. Ibrahim, Abeny Mohammed said the judgement has vindicated the suspended lawmaker that his suspension was illegal and wrong. He said though the lawmaker was suspended for three months, it was extended to one year, 6 months and 11 days.
“The claimant has been vindicated that he was wrongly and unlawfully suspended.
“Furthermore, the court has re-issued its own order that he should be reinstated immediately and his salaries and allowances must be paid forthwith. I expect the Kwara State House of Assembly to comply immediately with the judgement even if they want to appeal because the Appeal will take them nowhere.
“Lawmakers can’t be seen as the first violators of the constitution and the rule of law. They are not only disobeying the court order, they are violating sections 104, 105 and 111 of the 1999 constitution as amended which doesn’t speak well of a supposed legislative house headed by a lawyer.”
Counsel to the House, Saka Isau, SAN, said the House would appeal the judgement at the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker filed a fresh motion in the state High Court demanding N5billion damages from the House.
This is beside the motion earlier filed seeking to commit the Speaker to prison. While the latest motion is yet to get hearing date, the one on committal to prison has been slated for hearing on June 9 in the same court.

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