Suswam’s Attempt to Stop Probe in Futility


… as Court Orders Resumption of Sitting











ATTEMPT by former Governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam, to stop the probe instituted against him by Governor Samuel Ortom at the state’s High Court was in futility Monday.

Governor Ortom had constituted an investigative panel to determine the actual state of indebtedness of Benue as well as verify government’s assets.

In his ruling on Monday, Justice Adam Onum, ordered resumed sitting of the commission with immediate effect, declaring that the commission could issue letters of summon on individuals.

Suswan had dragged Ortom and the panel to court, asking the court to disband and set aside the Administrative Commission of Inquiry instituted.

He asserted that the commission was incapable of exercising judicial powers and lacked constitutional powers to investigate or adjudicate upon the issues submitted to it for inquiry.

Justice Onum however, agreed with the Suswan that the commission was not vested with the power to issue warrant of arrest on anyone.

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