Monday, 12 October 2015

COURT ORDERS ORTOM TO STOP PROBE OF SUSWAM.

By Bemgba Iortyom.
A High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State, today ordered a stay of proceedings on both the Judicial Commission of Inquiry and Administrative Commission of Inquiry set up by incumbent governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, to probe the administration of his predecessor, former Governor, Gabriel Suswam.



The court order is to subsist pending the determination of the substantive motion in the suit filed by Suswam challenging both the manner and credibility of the probes initiated against his tenure of office as governor of the state in the last eight years preceding the Ortom administration.

Chief Judge (CJ) of Benue State, Justice Iorhemen Hwande, in his ruling said, "after considering the affidavit and addresses of counsel to the applicant (Suswam), having recourse to Section 22(2) of the High Court Law and Order 40(3(1) of the High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2007, I am satisfied that leave ought to be granted the applicant to proceed as prayed. consequently leave is granted the applicant ( Suswam) to seek the reliefs as contained on the motion paper."

The notice of the order is to be served on the respondents who may react where they choose, and by the granting of this leave, the leave is to operate as “Stay of Proceedings ” pending when the main application is heard.

It could be recalled that former governor Suswam had recently, through his lawyer, Barr. David Iorhemba, approached the court to stop the ongoing probe of his administration, citing irregularities in the manner and credibility of the exercise which he considers a witch-hunt and an attempt to tarnish his reputation and the legacy he bequeathed in his eight years as governor of the state.

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