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Court summons Ishaku, 18 others over probe panel on Tiv, Jukun clashes


Darius Ishaku

The Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday, summoned the Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, the nation’s service chiefs and heads of other security agencies over allegations of bias in setting up a panel to probe the clashes between the Jukun and Tiv in the state.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed directed the respondents to appear in court on August 26 to explain why the commission of inquiry set up by the governor should not be restrained from sitting as requested by the plaintiffs.

The litigants, who accused the governor of hating the Tiv in the state, comprised Mdzough-U-Tiv, its President-General, Ihigagh Iorbee, who is a retired Commissioner of Police, and four others –David Uchiv, Jacob Gbagede, Julius Kwaghkar and Dr. Yakubu Agbiye.

Joined in the suit as respondents are the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice; and Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry, Justice Kumai Aka’ahs, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court (JSC).

The plaintiffs, through their counsel, Chief Sebastian Hon (SAN), in their fundamental rights enforcement suit on August 14, 2020 marked FHC/ABJ/CS/955/2020, alleged that the panel was set up by the governor against the Tiv in the state.

They argued that the composition of the panel was likely to breach the applicants’ fundamental right to fair hearing.At yesterday’s sitting, the plaintiffs’ lawyer urged the court to grant an order of interim injunction restraining the 4th to the 12th respondents from sitting to conduct proceedings.

Justice Mohammed directed the plaintiffs to serve their motion ex parte, their motion on notice and other processes filed in the case on all the 19 respondents.He also directed that hearing notice for August 26 be served on the respondents.


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