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A Makurdi Chief Magistrate, Mr Isaac Ajim, today ordered the Public Complaints Commissioner in Benue State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav to appear before him on July 3rd 2017, to respond to a complaint brought against him by the State Attorney General and Justice Commissioner, Mr Michael Gusa. When case No 50/71 was mentioned, Alhaji Tsav was absent in court.

Barrister Anthony Agadah who appeared for the accused informed the court that his client was indisposed on health grounds. He presented a medical report before the court to back his submission and thereafter filed a written motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter. 

Barrister Andrew Wombo who appeared for the complainant told the court that since the absence of Tsav was due to ill-health, he was not objecting to it but that he would challenge the motion brought by counsel to the accused.

In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mr Ajim, adjourned the matter to 3rd of July, 2017. He ordered Barrister Agadah to ensure that Alhaji Tsav is personally present in court on the next date as the matter is a criminal case. Alhaji Tsav is being prosecuted in pursuant to section 143(C),(D) and E of the Criminal Procedure Code of Benue State, 2004.

It will be recalled that the Public Complaints Commissioner, Alhaji Tsav, had written a letter to Governor Samuel Ortom on 16th of May, 2017 with the caption "WHISTLE BLOWING: STAGNATION OF BENUE STATE" which was also copied to the presidency and other Anti-graft agencies and made available to other persons and media houses.

The Attorney General, Barrister Michael Gusa stated in his complaint to the court that the letter contained injurious falsehood against the Governor and Government of Benue State and is capable of inciting the people against the administration.

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