Saturday, 13 February 2016

Court Dismisses Suswam’s Petition Over Revocation Of Benue Lodge

The High Court in Makurdi presided over by Justice Theresa Igoche, yesterday dismissed the suit filed by former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam against the revocation of his allocation of Atom Kpera Benue Lodge in the state.

Governor Samuel Ortom had constituted a judicial commission of inquiry to recover government properties including the Atom Kpera lodge in Makurdi, allocated to Suswam.

Lawyer to the former governor, Mr. David Iorhemba had filed a petition against the state government’s decision and said the purchase of the lodge by Suswam was in accordance with the resolution of state executive council.

But counsel to state government, Mr. Micheal Assoh filed a preliminary objection against the reliefs sought by the former Governor, and insisted that the allocation of the property was a breach of law.

In her ruling, Justice Igoche held that the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the suit and dismissed the petition. She stated that the former Governor failed to produce the minutes of the State Council meeting number 10 of last year, which contained the resolution of the revocation of the property in question.

Igoche further ruled that by law and since the plaintiff’s complaint centred on the deliberation of the State Executive Council, even as his prayer to declare the said resolution inappropriate, the petition is however quashed hence the order for enforcement which, was proper that the minutes in question be produced before the court.

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