Benue Gov. Alia raises committee to recover looted govt properties

Hyacinth-Iormem Alia

Benue Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia

By Isa Isawade

Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia, has set up an assets recovery committee to recover all looted government properties by the immediate past government.

This was made known in a statement issued on Sunday in Makurdi by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Tersoo Kula.

Kula said that the governor had inaugurated an assets recovery committee both at the state and local government levels.

“Benue state Governor, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Alia has inaugurated two Assets Recovery Committees. One is to work at the state level, while the other is at the Local Government level.

“The committee members are among other things, mandated to ascertain all assets of the government including lands, vehicles, houses, furniture, and other machinery,” the statement said.

He said representatives of security agents would be deployed in the recovery mission.

The committee is headed by former permanent secretary, Hingah Biem.

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Other members are the Attorney General of the State, Barr. Joe Abaagu; Dennis Akura; Ioryue Yajir; Peter Egbodo; Joseph Ojob; Jonathan Modi; Shaageer Matins; Yuhe Jerome; Tom Uja and Tormbuwua Terlumun as Member/Secretary.

Members at the local government levels include Jude Tyo, Aondowase Apera, Kwaghgba Amande, Richard Dzungweve, Anthony Sende, Olofu Ogwuche, Terver Kachina, and Nick Eworo.

Both committees will have able representatives from; the Department of State Security, The Police, the Military, and the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps.

The Governor also inaugurated a fact-finding Committee for the Benue State University.

The committee’s chairman is Paul Biam.

Members are Jacob Ajene, Terkimbi Ikyange, Prof. Eugene Alyegbe and Agbo Ochekpe as Member/Secretary.

The new government of Rev. Alia had accused the immediate past administration of looting Benue State’s treasury and properties.

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