Benue: INEC to reinstate suppressed constituency, pay N10m

Posted: June 26, 2012 in BENUE, federal, political, Uncategorized
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The Federal High court of Justice in Makurdi presided over by Justice Abimbola Obasiki yesterday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to pay as general compensation occasioned by illegal suppression and omission from been represented, the sum of N10bn to Agasha, the suppressed state constituency in Guma Local Government of Benue state.
Ruling on a suit instituted by a member of the constituency, Barr. John Shishi of the Faculty of law, Nassarawa state University, Keffi who prayed amongst other things the restoration of the constituency and compensation for the underdevelopment of the area necessitated by the unjustifiable exclusion of the people from been represented at the state House of Assembly, Justice Obasiki noted that it is true that the Benue State House of Assembly as it is presently constituted is not properly constituted, citing section 91 and 112 of the 1999 constitution which provides that a House of Assembly of a state must be three or four times the number of members of the federal House of Representatives from the state. And also that the maximum number a state should have in the House of Assembly should be 40.
She also held that based on the evidences before the court, the defendants failed to convince the court of any justification for the exclusion on the constituency from the list of state constituencies in the country, saying the suppression is null and void and restoration established.
Ordering N10m as compensation to be paid to the constituency on the prayer that N300m be paid to them, the court held that though it has been established that injustice was perpetrated against the constituency, their counsel failed to tender substantial documentary evidences to prove the degree to which development has been denied the area.
In their separate responses, the Kindred head of Kaambe, Tyoor Gideon Iortyer and Barr. Mtomga Serki all praised the judiciary saying with rulings such as this, it is clear that all hope is not lost for a common man.
Efforts to get INEC who left the court as soon as the judgment was passed proved abortive at the time of filing this report.

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