Benue Judiciary: CSOs Seek CJN, AGF Intervention On Corruption Allegations

By: 
Jeremiah
Date: 
30 Jun 2017

The Advocate of Social Justice For All (ASJA) has appealed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and the Hon. Attorney General and Minister of Justice (AGF) to put an eye on the Benue State Judiciary so as to check mate the negative tendencies and mindset of the executive Governor of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom.

In his address on what he described as manipulation of the Benue state judiciary by  Ortom as an instrument to harass an elder statesman and anti corruption crusader Alhaji AB Tsav who is the National Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission, Benue state over his exposure of fraudulent activities of the current administration in the state, the Executive Director, ASJA, Asongo Venatius alleged that the activities of the Governor of Benue state and his penchant for the manipulation of the Benue State Judiciary to settle personal and political scores with his enemies is becoming alarming.

Venatius said the actions of the state government is becoming more worrisome because the development if left un-checked indicates a dangerous mindset towards the survival of democracy in Nigeria and also reduces our nation’s dignity among the comity of nations around the globe.

He said this appeal to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the Attorney General of the Federal Government is to bring to the notice the activities of the Benue State Judiciary in harassing anti-corruption fighters in the State of Benue.

The Convener said that failure of the Government of Benue State to drop the criminal charges, against Alh. Tsav current helmsman of the Public Complaint Commission, the civil society would be tempted to believe that his prosecution is premeditated on the Governor’s widely circulated statement that he is a Muslim and indigene of Kano against the actual truth that he is a Nigerian and a true Benue son as well as an Elder State man currently serving the Federal Government as National Commissioner Public Complaint Commission.

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