Rivers Rerun: Court Bars Olonishakin, Buratai, From Deploying Soldiers


Ahead of this Saturday’s rerun elections in Rivers State, a State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Wednesday gave an interim order restraining the Chief of Defence Staff, the Brigade Commander of Amphibious Brigade and the Chief of Army Staff, from deploying the military for the civic exercise.

The court gave the order in a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chairman in the state, Felix Obuha and the PDP.

In a ruling delivered by Justice George Omereji, the Court ordered: “That an order of interim order be made and is hereby made restraining , Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Brigade Commander, 2nd Amphibious Brigade, whether by themselves, their agents, servants, officers and operatives or privies from interfering with the applicants right to freely participate in the government of Nigeria either directly or through free chosen representatives, threatens to arrest, harass, intimidate, torture, incarcerate the applicants and their members during the rerun elections for the State and National Assembly on 19th March, 2016”.

The Court arrived at its judgment based on a previous ruling by the Appeal Court in the case between the All Progressives Congress versus others in 2015 detailing the non-involvement of the Army and the Armed Forces in elections.

Justice Omereji also ordered that the PDP has the responsibility to serve the judgment on the Military for them to comply.

“That Leave be and is hereby granted the applicants to issue and serve the originating motion of the jurisdiction of this Honorable court for service on the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff and the Brigade Commander of Second Amphibious Brigade and INEC at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT”, he said.