John Shiaondo, Makurdi
A State High Court sitting in Makurdi the Benue State capital, presided over by Justice Adam Onum yesterday adjourned till October 28 for hearing, of the case filed by the immediate past governor of Benue state Gabriel Suswam to stop governor Samuel Ortom from probing him.
At the sitting which continued yesterday Ortom’s Counsel, Mr Mike Agber, filed a counter affidavit and written address in response to the motion on notice and affidavit earlier filed by Suswam’s counsel J B Daudu, SAN.
Suswam’s council Daudu had filed an ex parte motion asking the court to restrain the two probe panels set by governor Ortom to brobe the former governor pending the determination of the substantive suit, which was granted by the Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Iorhemen Hwande.
In the motion on notice, Suswam also requested the court to order for the payment of N100 million to him as aggravated, exemplary and general damages for what he has described as unlawful and unconstitutional actions of the respondents.
When the case came up at the High Court presided over by Justice Adam Onum yesterday, Counsel to Gabriel Suswam, Mr Dave Iorhemba. who represented Daudu, asked for seven days to enable them file a response to the counter affidavit filed by Ortom’s lawyer.
While granting the request, Justice Onum chided the people that allegedly criticized the states’s Chief Judge for granting the ex parte motion which made the judicial commission of enquiry and the panel investigating government assets to suspend proceeding.