Help came for Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday after the Makurdi High Court presided by Justice Theresa Igoche restrained the eight suspended members of the state House of Assembly from proceeding with the impeachment process they initiated against him.
The court also restrained the affected lawmakers from sitting and upheld their suspension pending the determination of the Motion on Notice.
On Monday, 8 members of the state Assembly led by the impeached Speaker, Terkibir Ikyange, had begun impeachment process against the governor.
Ruling on the application on orders restraining the eight members from sitting, Justice Igoche, also restrained the Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Adam Onum, from receiving or acting on any process or request issued pursuant to the purported sitting, proceedings and resolutions of 30th July, 2018 aimed at or commenced for the purpose of removing governor of the state, pending the determination of the Motion on Notice.
“I agree with the Senior Advocate of Nigeria that the applicants have made out a case for the grant of orders sought therein,” she stressed.
“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 30th July, 2018 aimed at or commenced for the purpose of removing the Governor of the State pending the determination of the Motion on Notice.”
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Michael Gusa, applauded the ruling, saying as a law abiding government, they would always seek redress in the law courts.
Also speaking, Sebastian Hon, SAN, who appeared on behalf of the Plaintiffs alongside 30 lawyers described the ruling as sound and promised to abide by the orders of the court to ensure service o and continue with the case.