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Published On: Sun, Sep 21st, 2014

Why Suntai won’t appear before Assembly’s medical panel now – Attorney General

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Gov SuntaiBy Evelyn Okakwu

Ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba state will not appear before the medical panel set up by the State House of Assembly to determine his state of health, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Timothy Kataps, has said.

The Speaker, Mr. Josiah Kente, last week set up a five-man medical team to investigate the “true state of health” of Suntai, following a letter from the state executive council to the lawmakers to constitute a medical panel to ascertain the “mental and physical condition of the governor.”

The five-man medial panel has Prof. B.B Shehu as Chairman with Dr. Inusa Sama’ila, Prof. Peter Alabi, Dr. Shehu Sule and Dr. Ahmed Kara, the Suntai’s personal physician, as members.

Kataps, in an interview with journalists yesterday, said since the matter was already a subject matter of judicial interpretation, it would not be legally advisable for him to appear before the panel.

He said the medical panel was part of the reliefs Suntai sought, in the suit he instituted against the Assembly when he wrote to them asking them to allow him to resume duties.

Kataps said, “Remember that the issue of a medical team to examine Suntai was part of the reliefs we sought, in an earlier suit we filed against the House of Assembly. So, until that case is dispensed with, it will not be wise for the governor to appear before any medical team”.

Suntai is still holed up in Abuja since returning two weeks ago to the country from medical treatment abroad.

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