Commissioner For Local Government In Plateau Disobey Court Order By Yakubu Busari, Jos
The Commissioner for Local Government and chieftaincy affairs Plateau state Hon. Chris Kwaja has disobeyed Appeal Tribunal court order as he went ahead to installed Lo-Dung zong of Madu in Du district of Jos -south local government council of Plateau state.
In the court of appeal sitting in Plateau state on a suit filed by the two appellants challenging the suspension and exclusion.
According to the case, No CA/J/ 2014 suit No PLD /J9/ 2009 between Da Pam Gyang and Da Yohana Chollom ,appellants for themselves and on behalf of the members of the Lo Dung Zong family of Madu in Du Jos south Local Government Area.
Respondents include, Da Yaro Bot Davou for himself and members of Lo-west family, Da Pam Jang, Lo Dong family,Da Nash Zang for himself and members of Lo Hwelleng family copy Jos joint traditional council ,Jos south local government ,attorney-general and commissioner for justice plateau state and Luis Gambo.
Counsel to the plaintiffs S.S .Obende & co legal practitioners and consultants said, his clients were denied their ancestry ruling house of madu in and went ahead through the unbroken lineage of successive select a ruler of Madu village.
He expressed worrisome that inspite of the court order the commissioner allow the royal fathers to select someone who is not a member of the family.
Obende stressed that the essence of the suit was to protect the custom and tradition of Madu and issues comprised in the said suit are still extant and pending.
He insisted that the selection if conducted is intended to overreach the custom and tradition of Madu people, any selection in respect of the stool of Gwom Madu must abide the outcome of the adjudicatory processes being employed in the court of law and our clients insist on their right as the ruling house of Madu to the exclusion of any other.
Obende lamented that in view of securing request particularly to protect the right of the people they went with the selection.
“We make a passionate appeal on the basis of the foregoing to request your intervention in view of the relevance of your offices to the subject matter and the implication of the act sought to be restrained by the instructions of our clients” he added.