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  • Updated: June 16, 2024

Benue: Court orders substituted service on Justice Taiwo, two other panel members probing Ortom

Benue: Court orders substituted service on Justice Taiwo, tw

A Benue State High Court has granted an order for substituted service on the chairman of the Benue State Income and Expenditure Commission, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, and two other members of the commission, Henry Tor and Terfa Gbaande.

The court gave the order in a suit filed by former Governor Samuel Ortom. The order allows the court process to be served on the trio through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and Public Order, Benue State, as all previous attempts to serve them directly had been unsuccessful.

The suit, filed by Ortom, challenges the legality of the probe panel set up by Governor Hyacinth Alia to investigate the management of the state's finances and assets during Ortom's administration. 

Ortom argues that the Auditor General of the state had already audited the accounts of the state for the period under review (2015-2023) and submitted the report to the Benue State House of Assembly, which had acted on it as required by the 1999 Constitution.

Ortom's counsel, Oba Maduabuchi, SAN, had prayed for an order of substituted service on Justice Taiwo Taiwo, Henry Tor, and Terfa Gbaande, by serving them through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and Public Order, Benue State, due to the difficulty in serving them personally. The court granted the motion as prayed, allowing the substituted service to proceed.

The presiding judge, Justice T. T Asua, had earlier restrained the Benue State Income and Expenditure Commission from sitting or taking further steps pending the hearing and determination of Ortom's motion. The court's decision to allow substituted service ensures that the legal process continues, despite the challenges in serving the defendants personally.

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