The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has ordered the reinstatement of the deposed Ter Nagi, Chief Daniel Abomtse, to his position as the substantive Ter Nagi with all benefits.
A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government Mr Targema Takema said Governor Ortom also directed the Tiv Area Traditional Council to revert to the status qou prior to the deposition order.
Mr Takema explained that the Governor gave the directive after the receipt and consideration of the report of the five member committee set up to review the deposition order issued against the traditional ruler which recommended that the deposition order was not approved by the State House of Assembly as required by section 29 of Benue Chiefs Appointment and deposition law of 2015.
The committee had also submitted that Chief Abomtse was not given the opportunity to respond to the serious allegations leveled against him by his accusers which warranted the deposition order adding that the deposition did not follow due process in accordance with the law.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Chief Abomtse expressed appreciation to the State Governor for ensuring that the rule of law prevailed on the matter adding that he was looking forward to cordial working relationship with the present administration in order to ensure that there was peace in his domain and the state at large.
… DIRECTS COUNCIL DGSA’S TO TAKE CHARGE
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has charged Directors General Services and Administration of the 23 councils in the state to effectively take charge and be alive to their responsibilities.
He gave the charge during a meeting with the directors at the weekend following the dissolution of caretaker committees and enjoined them not to allow any vacuum in administering the local government councils especially in the area of security.
The Governor stressed the importance of the third tier of government as being the closest to the people pledging that his administration must make them functional by always insisting that people at the helm of affairs are made accountable.
He said it was no longer business as usual adding that his government has maximum respect for the rule of law and due process but zero tolerance for corruption adding that government officials interested in making money should leave governance for the private sector where they can do business.
The Governor told them to always remain at their places of work and continue to cooperate with government at the state level until new committees were put in place.
The reinstated monarch, Chief Abomtse, left, with Hon Terwase Orbunde, Chief of Staff, yesterday.
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