The Executive Secretary of Benue State Teaching Service Board, Mr. James Pine, on Thursday, found himself in the dock for allegedly assaulting a staff of the parastatal, James Asema.
An in-law to Gov. Samuel Ortom, Mr. Asema had sued his boss for assault after they had an open confrontation over the parastatal’s generating set earlier in the year.
Pine(pictured in cap) was docked on Thursday before a chief magistrates’ court sitting in Makurdi alongside Iorpuur Laha; Akende Usu and Ihongo Daniel Tsevende, all staff of the board who were witnesses in the case.
At the hearing counsel to the complainant, Mr. Adi Demeer, sought to tender a previous statement of the accused person, which was directly in relation to the matter in court, pursuance to Section 2 3 1 of the evidence act 2011 but the defence counsel, Ambrose Ikpa, objected to the admissibility of the said document.
At the end, Magistrate, Dan Ogo, adjourned the case for ruling on the objection raised and continuation of hearing raised by the defence to September 29, 2016.