The High Court of Cross River State presided over by the state Chief Judge, Justice Okoi Itam, monday granted an interim injunction restraining Governor Ben Ayade from appointing Caretaker Committees to run the affairs of local government councils.
The court also restrained the 17 Heads of Local Government Administration (HOLGAs) from performing the functions meant for democratically-elected chairmen in the affected councils, except Bakassi where the elected council officials are still in office.
After hearing arguments by the counsel to the claimants, Mr. Utum Eteng, on the interpretation of section 7 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, Justice Itam, granted the restraining orders.
At the end of the tenure of local government administrations, the governor had directed all chairmen of councils except Bakassi Local Government Area, to hand over to HOLGAs in their respective local governments.
The judge, however, adjourned hearing for one week.