Court Dismisses Suswam’s Suit Against Ortom
A High Court of Justice sitting in Makurdi, Benue State’s capital, has dismissed a suit filed by former Governor Gabriel Suswam, seeking to restrain Governor Samuel Ortom and the Commission of Inquiry from investigating him.
Justice Adam Onum, in a ruling on Monday, said that Governor Ortom had the power to constitute the panel of inquiry to gather information regarding affairs of the Suswam administration, to enable him carry out his statutory responsibilities as governor.
The court, however, cautioned that the Commission of Inquiry lacked the power to summarily issue arrest warrant against Mr Suswam, but could invite him to appear before it to answer questions regarding the criminal breach of trust.
He also vacated earlier order restraining the Commission from further sittings.
The ruling, therefore, cleared the path for Governor Ortom’s panel of inquiry to continue its investigation into financial receipt during the Suswam’s administration between 2007-2015 as part of his vow to fully probe Mr Suswam.
However, Counsel to Mr Suswam and the state government spoke with Channels Television on the legal options available to address the issue of probe in the state.
Meanwhile, Governor Ortom had asked the former Governor to make some cash refunds of missing monies back to the state government’s coffers.