The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has ordered the reinstatement of the deposed Ter Nagi, Chief Daniel Abomtse, to his position as the substantive Ter Nagi with all benefits.
Chief Abomtse was infamously deposed by the former governor, Gabriel Suswam following allegations of gross misconduct, embezzlement of subordinates salaries, unauthorised press releases and complacency during the Fulani crisis.
A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government Mr Targema Takema said Governor Ortom also directed the Tiv Area Traditional Council to revert to the status quo prior to the deposition order.
Mr Takema explained that the Governor gave the directive after the receipt and consideration of the report of the five member committee set up to review the deposition order issued against the traditional ruler which recommended that the deposition order was not approved by the State House of Assembly as required by section 29 of Benue Chiefs Appointment and deposition law of 2015.
The committee had also submitted that Chief Abomtse was not given the opportunity to respond to the serious allegations levelled against him by his accusers which warranted the deposition order adding that the deposition did not follow due process in accordance with the law.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Chief Abomtse expressed appreciation to the State Governor for ensuring that the rule of law prevailed on the matter adding that he was looking forward to cordial working relationship with the present administration in order to ensure that there was peace in his domain and the state at large.