Rivers Assembly rejects female member-elect over alleged forgery

The Rivers State House of Assembly has sworn in nine lawmakers into the eighth Assembly.

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The Rivers State House of Assembly has has refused to swear in a member-elect for Port Harcourt Local Government 1, Mrs Victoria Nyeche, on allegations of forgery.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Assembly sworn in nine other lawmakers in Port Harcourt on Thursday, April 21, leaving out Nyeche.

Nyeche exemption followed a petition from the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), alleging that she was using the Assembly Letter Headed Paper before being sworn in.

She has however vowed to seek redress in court.

Congratulating the lawmakers, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. 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.

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NAN reports that 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.

Justice Nwankwo, until her appointment, was heading the court in acting capacity.

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