From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
Following the allegation of embezzlement of SURE-P fund against the Plateau state governor, Jonah Jang and his son, Mr. Yakubu Jang, Special Adviser to the state Governor on Special Duties, the governor’s son has dragged the Speaker of the state House Assembly and other 23 members to the state High Court, asking the House of Assembly to stop investigation of the alleged financial misappropriation leveled against the state.
The order of the injunction restraining the defendants (Speaker and House members) from giving effect to the petition, which was received by the House on May 15, and written by a group called “Plateau Patriotic Front” was also received by the court on June 11 via the plaintiff’s counsel, Mr. Sunny-Gabriel Odey.
Part of the petition earlier presented before the the state house reads: “Yakubu Jang is the one operating an account in Zenith Bank for the salaries of Civil Servants in the state.
“He decides when salaries are to be paid. He makes his money when he chooses to punish government workers by simply withholding salaries to allow interests to accrue to him. This is illegal.”.
The suit by the plaintiff wants the court to give a declaration, by virtue of section 128 (1)s of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) that the defendants cannot validly inquire into deliberate or debate on matters relating to his conduct without a resolution of the House published in its journal or in the official gazette of the state government.
He added that “A declaration that the petition dated 15thMay, 2014 addressed to the Speaker by the Plateau Patriotic Front, was not, cannot, and could not have been validly and properly presented to the House of Assembly as to warrant it being considered, regarded or countenanced in any way or manner by the Speaker and/or the members of the Plateau state House of Assembly, the said petition having been originated by an unknown person, or persons with no ascertainable address and further not having been signed or presented by any elected member”.