Justice Iorhemen Hwande of the Benue State High Court in Makurdi has halted the probe panel set up by Governor Samuel Ortom to investigate the financial dealings of his predecessor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam.
A statement by Gov. Ortom’s Special Adviser on Media and ITC, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, said the governor has accepted the court’s ruling. The court had ordered stay of proceedings on the probe.
Governor Ortom said the suspension was a temporarily judicial process and that the state government’s lawyers would follow due process to vacate it.
He expressed confidence in the judiciary, due process and the rule of law.
“The governor explained that he set up the judicial panel to avail all concerned the opportunity to defend themselves in accordance with the core values of his administration, which include transparency, fairness, accountability and justice,” the statement said.
Reacting to the calls that he should have extended the probe panels to the George Akume’s administration, the governor said he did not take over from the senator.
He also said those, who voted for him specifically demanded that he should probe the immediate past administration.
The probe, he said, is to know why the state had been brought to its knees, so that his administration would avoid such pitfalls and learn lessons.
The Governor stated that the people have expressed their wish that those who diverted public funds for personal use should be held accountable.
“If possible, such funds or property should be recovered,” the statement added.