Gov Alia probes Ortom over Benue assets

The Governor of Benue State, Hyacinth Alia, has begun the probe of former governor Samuel Ortom over government assets under his care from May 29, 2015, to May 28, 2023.

As part of the probe, the governor has constituted two commissions of inquiries on income and expenditure, including contract awards, bailout funds and Paris Club refunds within the same period.

At the inauguration, Alia tasked the commission of inquiry on the sales and lease of government assets to investigate all agreements or sales that shortchanged the government and make appropriate recommendations on the way forward.

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He insisted that his administration had no other motive behind the probe but “the need to ensure Benue State gets the benefit of all that accrued to it during the last administration”.

Chaired by retired Justice Taiwo Taiwo and Justice Paul Appolos, the commission of inquiry was also tasked with investigating the income and expenditure under the eight-year tenure of the Ortom administration.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo who heads the Income and Expenditure Commission of Inquiry, said his team would work in the interest of the state in the discharge of its mandate.

Upon assumption of office on May 30, 2023, Governor Alia constituted an asset recovery committee to recover alleged stolen vehicles and properties.

In line with its duties, the committee stormed an auto-mechanic workshop allegedly operated by owners of a London line motor and took over thirty vehicles attached to the government house.

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