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Jos High Court reinstates impeached Council Chairman

by Tognaan Bawa
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The Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos has reinstated the purportedly impeached Executive Chairman of Qua’an Pan Local Government Area, Hon. Isaac Kwallu back to office.

The sitting Judge, Justice Nafisat Musa after a six hours judgement ruled that Hon. Kwallu is hereby reinstated and ordered the fourth defendant, Hon. Abdulmalik Yusuf Haruna to vacate the office with immediate effect.

She said the judgment is in the interest of justice, fairness and in promotion of democracy in the Nigeria.

“It is highly unfortunate that the conduct of the proceedings of the panel was within a week.

“There is no how that the panel should have afforded the plaintiff the right to respond to these allegations against him. Consequently, I ruled in favour of the plaintiff against that of the defendant.

“On the whole, having resolved all the four issues in favour of the plaintiff, i hereby grant this judgment in the over all interest of justice, and the promotion of democracy in the country, this is the ruling of the court in this case,” she stated.

Following a consequently application by Counsel to the plaintiff for the released of the official vehicles to the Chairman. Justice Musa directed the immediate released of three official vehicles, ‘one Toyota Hilux, one Ford Hilux and one Prado Jeep” which were in custody of the court to Hon. Isaac Kwallu.

According to her, the matter was keenly looked into, the impeachment can be described as a stage manage drama.”that is why i painstakingly looked into this issue careful and i dont want to overlook anything so that no body will say he was cheated.”

Counsel to the plaintiff Barr. Sunday Ekara speaking with Newsmen after the judgment said the outcome of the case is born out of the relief brought before the Court which has reinstated the plaintiff back to office as a democratically elected Chairman of Qua’an Pan LGA and the implementation takes effect.

He said the relief item number ‘L’ on their prayers brought before the court was asking the Court for “An order reinstating the plaintiff as a democratically elected Exercutive Chairman of Qua’an Pan Local Government Area and restoring all his accruing benefits and privileges forthwith.

“While relief ‘k’ is an order directing the fourth defendant who is presently occupying the seat to vacate the seat of the Executive Chairman of Qua’an Pan Local Government Council.”

The reinstated local government council Chairman, Hon. Isaac Kwallu while responding to questions from Journalists on the outcome of the case said, “To the glory of God the Father Son, and Holy Spirit; my joy knows no bound. I want to thank the good people of Qua’an Pan who gave me their mandate freely and that was why we had to defend the mandate which was freely given to us.”

He however thanked his supporters who has kept faith with him in the struggle as well as citizens of Plateau State, and called on the good people of Qua’an Pan LGA to put everything that happened behind them, Saying “We are all politicians, we will meet again, and whatever it is i have forgiving everybody.”

Recalled that the Executive Chairman was suspended for three months by the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly and was purported impeached by some local government Legislative members amidst an investigative panel which the Court said has not granted the plaintiff a fair hearing.

Counsel to the defendants J. Mantu
commended the Judge for a logical judgment.”the ruling was so surgically and dissected, this is the first judgement i have ever stayed this long.”

Meanwhile his counterpart Bare Solomon Gurumtet also appreciated the Judge for the energy put in ensuring a very logical outcome of the case.

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