Ortom vs Tsav: Court to rule in January


Justice Isaac Ajim of the Benue State Magistrates’ Court, Makurdi, has adjourned the case on injurious falsehood against the Public Complaints Commissioner for Benue State, Abubakar Tsav, till January 30.

Ajim adjourned the case after listening to arguments of counsel to the plaintiff and defendant.

Tsav’s lawyer Anthony Agadah said the letter by his client was in accordance with Section 10 of the Public Complaints Act, and so the judge should not entertain the case against Tsav, but dismiss it.

He reiterated that the court does not have jurisdiction to entertain the case.

According to him, the letter was written to the ICPC, which acknowledged receipt.

Counsel to Benue State Andrew Wombo told the court that Section 10 of the Public Complaints Act stated the duties of the public complaints commissioner, and it did not include writing a letter to a governor.

Wombo said Tsav’s duty was to receive complaints, and forward same to the appropriate authority.

He faulted Agadah’s claim that the ICPC acknowledged receipt of the letter, saying the commission said they have received a letter that was copied to them.

According to him, Tsav’s letter was addressed to Governor Samuel Ortom, and copied to the ICPC and other agencies, and all that is expected of Tsav is to prove his allegations against Ortom.

Justice Ajim adjourned the case till January 30.