Thursday, April 21, 2016 6:12 pm
The swearing-in of a newly elected member of the Rivers State House of Assembly was stopped today by the Speaker, Tamuno Adams over an allegation of forgery.
Mrs Victoria Nyeche, the All Progressives Congress member represents Port Harcourt Local Government 1 (PHALGA 1).
According to the Speaker, the assembly received a petition from the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) against the member-elect for allegedly using the Assembly Letter Headed Paper before being sworn in.
Nyeche, however, said that she would seek redress in court.
Nine other lawmakers were sworn in to join the 8th Assembly.
Congratulating the lawmakers, the Speaker, Tamuno Adams, reminded them that their election was a call to serve, adding that he business of lawmaking must be taken serious.
Adams urged them to join hands to move the state forward.
The state Assembly also confirmed the appointment of Justice Christy Nwankwo as the substantive President of the Customary Court of Appeal.
Confirming the appointment, the lawmakers, who voted unanimously in favour of her appointment, described the Judge as a woman of substance and integrity in Rivers judiciary.
Justice Nwankwo promised to introduce changes in the state’s customary laws in collaboration with the lawmakers.
She thanked the lawmakers, especially the state governor for having confidence in her ability to lead the state Customary Court of Appeal and pledged to live up to expectation.
Justice Nwankwo, until her appointment, was heading the court in acting capacity