Court stops Ortom’s impeachment process

Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom

A Makurdi High Court yesterday restrained the eight suspended members of the Benue State House of Assembly from proceeding with the impeachment of Governor Samuel Ortom.

Justice Theresa Igoche also restrained them from sitting, and upheld their suspension pending the determination of the motion on notice, saying; “I agree that the applicants have made out a case for the grant of orders sought therein.

“The order also restrains the chief judge of Benue State from receiving or acting on any process or request issued pursuant to the purported sitting, proceedings and resolutions of July 30, 2018, aimed at or started to remove Governor Samuel Ortom pending the determination of the motion on notice.”

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Justice Igoche upheld the subsisting order earlier given by the Chief Judge, Justice Adam Onum, restraining the former Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, and the ex-principal officers from parading as same.

He ordered the security agencies to vacate the Assembly’s premises.

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the State, Michael Gusa hailed the ruling, saying as a law abiding government, they will always seek redress in the court.

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