- Speaker Yakubu Dogara swears in Dorothy Mato three months after a Supreme Court's ruling favoured her
- Mato had floored Herman Hembe, who was asked by the court to return all the benefits he got since 2015
- The Supreme Court also ordered Hembe to pay N1million in favour of Mato
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has sworn-in to office Dorothy Mato, the replacement of Hon Herman Hembe, who was sacked by the court.
Mato was sworn-in to the House on Tuesday, October 3, during the plenary of the lower chamber of the National Assembly by Dogara to represent Vandeikya/Konshesia federal constituency of Benue state.
Reports say Mato was ushered into the chamber by the sergeant-at-arms at about 11:42 am before the oath was administered on her.
Mato’s swearing-in comes three months after the Supreme Court ruled that she was the validly elected representative for the constituency.
The Supreme Court had ordered Hembe to also refund all monies he received since 2015 when represented the constituency.
The apex court had also recently warned Dogara of the consequences of disobeying its order concerning Hembe.
The court, through the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, said such disobedience would spell doom for Nigeria’s democracy as it urged Dogara to omply with its decision.
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NAIJ.com reported earlier that the Supreme Court also ordered Hembe to pay N1million as cost in favour of Mato.
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