By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—A Makurdi Chief Magistrate’s Court, presided over by Justice Dennis Ingya, yesterday, fixed March 15 for ruling in the forgery case preferred against the Public Complaints Commissioner in charge of Benue State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, and his Personal Assistant, Torkuma Uker, by Benue State government.
They were accused of forging government documents which they relied on in writing petitions against Governor Samuel Ortom and his administration.
At the hearing, counsel to the defendants, Mr. Anthony Agadah, informed the court that the several sections of the pleadings in the fundamental right action pending before a Makurdi Federal High Court and the case of injurious falsehood also pending before a Makurdi Magistrate’s Court against the first defendant (Alhaji Tsav) were replicated in the case before the court.
He said: “Our submission is that the court has the powers to check the abuse. What we have here is a multiplicity of actions, which amounts to an abuse of court processes and the only remedy is a strike out.”
But counsel to the state government, Mr. Andrew Wombo, accused defence counsel of misleading the court, insisting that the substances of the two cases pending before the Federal High Court and Magistrate’s Court were completely different from the matter before the court.
Justice Ingya granted bail to Alhaji Tsav on grounds of self-recognition, while his aide, Torkuma Uker, was granted N500,000 bail, with a surety who must be a top civil servant.