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Suswam’s Probe: I Have No Issues With Court Ruling – Ortom


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said he no issues with the ruling of the Makurdi High Court which ordered stay of proceedings on the panels prob­ing the immediate past adminis­tration.

Reacted to the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Iorhemen Hwande’s ruling yesterday, Gov­ernor Ortom said the stay was a temporarily judicial process and that the state government’s law­yers would follow due process to vacate it.

“I have confidence in the judi­ciary’s due process and the rule of law. I set up the judicial panel to avail all concerned the oppor­tunity to defend themselves in ac­cordance with the core values of my administration which include transparency, fairness, account­ability and justice,” he explained.

Also reacting to the calls by some individuals and groups that he should have extended the probe panels to cover the Dr. George Akume administration Governor Ortom stated that he did not take over from the sena­tor.

He noted that the people who voted him into office specifically demanded that he should probe the immediate past administra­tion of Dr. Gabriel Suswam to know why the state had been brought to its knees so that his ad­ministration would avoid pitfalls and learn lessons.

“People have expressed their wish that those who diverted public funds into personal use should be held accountable and that such funds or property be recovered if possible,” the Gov­ernor maintained.


– John Shiaondo, Makurdi

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