Or­tom ac­cepts court in­junc­tion on Suswam’s probe

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Gover­nor Sa­muel Or­tom of Benue state yesterday said he has ac­cepted the rul­ing of the Makurdi High Court which or­dered stay of pro­ceed­ings on the panel prob­ing the im­me­di­ate past ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Chief Judge of the state, Jus­tice Iorhe­men Hwande, had on Mon­day granted an in­junc­tion re­strain­ing the state gov­ern­ment es­tab­lished com­mis­sion of in­quiry from prob­ing the Gover­nor Gabriel Suswam’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Or­tom said the stay was a tem­po­rary ju­di­cial process and that the state gov­ern­ment’s lawyers would fol­low due process to va­cate it.

He re­it­er­ated his com­mit­ment to due process and the rule of law.

The gover­nor said he set up the ju­di­cial panel to avail all con­cerned the op­por­tu­nity to de­fend them­selves in ac­cor­dance with the core val­ues of his ad­min­is­tra­tion which in­clude trans­parency, fair­ness, ac­count­abil­ity and jus­tice.

Com­ment­ing on calls by some in­di­vid­u­als and groups that he should have ex­tended the probe pan­els to cover the Sen­a­tor Ge­orge Akume ad­min­is­tra­tion, Or­tom said he did not take over from the sen­a­tor.

He added that the peo­ple who voted for him specif­i­cally de­manded that he should probe the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Suswam to know why the state was ‘‘brought to its knees’’, so that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would avoid pit­falls and learn lessons.

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