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Published On: Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017

Delay tactics: Magistrate talks tough on Benue govt, Tsav case

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From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

A Chief Magistrate Court presided over by Isaac Ajim has threatened to rescind the decision of bail given to Federal Commissioner, Federal Complaint Commission Alhaji Abubakar Tsav on self recognition.
A visibly angry Magistrate who said this yesterday during the hearing of the suit between the Benue state government and Alhaji Abubakar Tsav which hinges on corruption , regretted the way and manner the latter is trying to frustrate the case.
This followed the non appearance of Alhaji Tsav and his substantive counsel during the hearing.
Tsav had however, in a letter written by his counsel Anthony Agada and read in court by Kenneth Ula who stood in for him, claimed that he could not appear in court because of an appointment with his doctor.
But the presiding Magistrate frowned at the content of the letter, noting that it ought to have been supported by a letter from his doctor, averring that it is an attempt by the defendant to frustrate justice.
“We have spent so much time on just preliminary objections without hearing the real merit of the case. I gave him bail on self recognition but he should be ready if I rescind on that decision. His counsel is misleading him. There are two (2) options given to him to either to allow the case go on or apologize”, he said.
Counsel to the State Government Andrew Wombo expressed displeasure at counsel to the accused for his refusal to serve the letter on him.
“Counsel to the defendant should have served us with a copy of the letter before the sitting today. Somebody is trying to be crafty and I find this difficult. This is very unfortunate. It appears the accused is trying to play on the intelligence of the court. The accused only comes to court to seek adjournment and thereafter, go back to cause more trouble. He forged document and is summoned by the Inspector General of Police. There is a motion of jurisdiction and we are running out of patience. This attitude is against the Federal Government Committee set up for speedy dispensation of corruption matters,” Wombo submitted.
The presiding Magistrate therefore, adjourned the matter to November 15th,2017, warning sternly that the defendant is playing with a rattle snake and so, should do the needful.

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