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Court grants Anambra factional speaker prayer to serve Maduagwu

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

A Federal High sitting in Awka, Anam­bra state has granted leave to Hon. Ikem Uzoezie, the speaker of the State House of Assembly to serve the embattled speaker Mrs. Rita Maduagwu by substi­tuted means.

Maduagwu, it would be recalled, was impeached as speaker of the Assembly by 22 members of the House on November 13 same day Uzoezie was elected as a replacement.

Justice Bature Gafai, gave the order, after Mr. Emeka Ag­bapuonwu, counsel to Uzoezie told the that while the other defendants have been successfully served, Maduagwu had evaded service.

Agbapuonwu also said he could not , because had been sealed by the police, and attempts to serve her at her residence were resisted by police guards who did not allow the bailiff access.

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was taken over by the police since November 15. He therefore prayed the court to grant his application to serve by substi­tuted means.

Uzozie is seeking an inter­locutory injunction stopping Mmaduagwu from parading herself as speaker, having been impeached by the required number of members of the House of Assembly.

Joined in the suit are Hon. Harford Oseke, the deputy speaker; Gov. Willie Obiano and Mr. Garba Umar, commissioner of police in the state as second, third and fourth defendants. Other reliefs sought include an injunction asking Obiano to stop recognising any other person as speaker other than himself, to stop police from hin­dering him from exercising his duties as speaker and impeding the access of members and staff into the legislative complex.

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