A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Iorhemen Hwande yesterday restrained Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam and eight others from appointing first class chiefs in the state.
Ruling on a motion in a case filed by Professor Tony Ijohor, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, for the plaintiff, Barr Benjamin Adanyi, Justice Hwande who is the Chief Judge of the state granted the four reliefs sought by the plaintiff.
Moving the motion, Mr T D Pepe had prayed for the orders and informed the court that the respondents had put in place a machinery to implement the contents of a law that has not been properly or validly passed.
He urged the court to consider the 34 paragraph affidavit deposed to by Barrister Adanyi, a member of the Benue State House of Assembly, and grant the motions.
Justice Hwande ordered the respondents and their agents from giving effect to the Benue State Council of Chiefs and Traditional Councils Bill/Law passed by the Benue State House of Assembly on 7th April, 2015 pending the determination of the motion on notice.
He also restrained the respondents or their agents from appointing or taking any step towards the appointment of any person to the office of the ten proposed 1st class chiefs in Benue State or such office by whatever name called.
The court put the respondents on notice that disobedience of the orders contained therein amounts to contempt of court and would attract sanctions from the court.
Mr Justice Hwande directed that action on the implementation of the said law is to be put on hold pending the hearing of the motion on notice.
The respondents include the Tor Tiv, the Och’Idoma, the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs as well as the Benue State House of Assembly.

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