Gbong Gwom Jos Suit : Court Allows More Rulers Seeking to Join As Co-defendants



Yakubu Busari, Jos


In High Court sitting in Jos Division on suit filed by the Gbong Gwom Jos ,Da Jacob Gyang Buba challenging the Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong and his agents on Monday, June 8 has adjourned to July 17 for plaintiff counsel to move their application .

Barr. Edward Pwajok, SAN, the plaintiffs’ counsel told the court that they have an application seeking to allow the Ujah of Anaguta, Chief Jauro Magaji, Ataa Aten of Ganawuri of Riyom Local Government Council of Plateau State to join as one of the defendants and all parties “were served except the application subject to my Lordship convenient for the application to be move.”

Pwajok had in his motion dated June 24 told the court when the matter came up for hearing that he had carefully read the motion and was not opposed to their application for the interest of Justice.

The two applications are seeking to be joined as 6th and7th defendants

The first is the Ataa Aten, Yakubu Chaimai, who declared his intention on June 11, when the matter was first mentioned and adjourned to June 24 in his instance.

“We have already filed and served our processes with a motion on notice on Monday, sought the leave of court to join as co-defendants in a suit filed by the Gong Gwom Jos ,Da Jacob Gyang Buba challenging Gov. Simon Lalong’s ,Attorney General of Plateau state for attempting to tamper with the stool of Gbong Gwom Jos, said Pwajok.

Counsel to Anaguta ,Barr Samson Bukar told the court that they are not going to oppose the application “which to us is a welcome development.”

Barr Edward Pwajok said in his application dated June 21, he had urged the court to grant him all the briefs in the suit papers .

Justice Christine N. Dabup has granted the application brought by the chief of Anaguta, Ganawuri to join the case defendants.

Pwajok said that they do not wish to drag the case so long, “even though this is a civil matter and hope to ensure we all we could by being prudent at filling and replying to processes filed in respect to this case.”

Mann then quickly moved his application and the court granted it as prayed and declared him (Attah Atten) as the 6th defendant in the suit.

Gov Lalong had created two traditional councils out of the Jos Traditional Council, which did not go down well with the Berom nation, which filed a suit challenging such an action.

Aggrieved by that action, 7 of the “illustrious sons of Berom nation”, had on May 23 dragged the state government before Justice Christine Dabup of State High Court V, challenging the Governor and the State Government.