In a significant legal development, Justice James of the Federal High Court in Abuja has declared the N800 billion budget passed by a faction of the Rivers State House of Assembly and signed into law by Governor Siminalayi Fubara as null and void.

The court also upheld the suit filed by the Assembly and Speaker Martin Amaewhule against Governor Fubara. The suit sought an order of injunction restraining the governor from impeding the Assembly under Amaewhule’s leadership as speaker, among other claims. Governor Fubara had signed the N800 billion 2024 budget into law on Thursday, December 14, 2023, within 24 hours of its presentation to a four-man House of Assembly for approval.

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