by crossriverwatch admin
A Calabar High Court has granted an Order of MANDAMUS ordering the Cross River State Government to publish the report of the Administrative Panel of Inquiry setup on the tussle for succession to the throne of Muri Munene Efut.
The applicants, His Royal Highness, Munene Effiong Mbukpa Eta Odionka Ebuka V11, His Highness Obo E.E Obo, Chairman of Efut Combined Assembly, Ndabu Godwin Bassey, Secretary of the Efut Combined Assembly for themselves and representing the Efut people had gone to the Calabar High Court in suit number HC/MSC/169/2912 to ask for the MANDAMUS Order to compel the Cross Rive State Government and its agents including the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of the state, Attah Ochinke and Dr. Ambrose Akpanika who headed the panel to publish the report.
The Applicants in the suit sought that since the Administrative Panel of Inquiry has completed its task and the report submitted by the chairman to the Cross River State Government, the report should be made public for members of the public to have an insight of its content since the issue on which the panel was set up is a public matter.
The Order of MANDAMUS which was granted and signed by Leonard A. Wogor on the 3rd of July 2013 accordingly granted the prayers of the Applicants and ordered the Cross River State Government to publish the report on the Administrative Panel in the interest of peace.
It will be recalled that the Efut kingship was plunged into crisis in May 2012 when thugs suspected to have been engaged by a top government functionary invaded the palace of the Muri Munene of Efut and caused mayhem while the Muri Effiong Mbukpa who was elected by the kingmakers and performed the traditional rites to succeed the erstwhile Muri Munene was holding court.
The Cross River State Government subsequently instituted an Administrative Panel of Inquiry into the matter and the report of the panel which has since been submitted to the government is yet to be made public.
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