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Benue Assembly approves sack of 3 LG chairmen over embezzlement

The Benue State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the sacking of three local government council caretaker chairmen for alleged gross misconduct and embezzlement of…

The Benue State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the sacking of three local government council caretaker chairmen for alleged gross misconduct and embezzlement of their councils’ revenues.

The sacked chairmen were also accused of indulging in unwholesome activities unbefitting of their office.

Daily Trust reports that the affected chairmen were Tervershima Abraham Agber of Gboko LGA; Reverend Gideon Haanongon of Ukum LGA; and Francis Zazan of Katsina-Ala LGA.

The sacking of the trio followed a letter from Governor Hyacinth Alia that was read on the floor of the Assembly by the Speaker, Aondona Dajoh, who thereafter sought the approval of the House. The lawmakers unanimously responded in the affirmative.

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The House thereafter confirmed the names of nominees brought before the floor by Governor Alia for the replacement of the dismissed chairmen.

Verlumun Avar for Gboko council, Victor Iorzaa for Ukum LGA and Justin Shaku for Katsina-Ala were subsequently confirmed.

It would be recalled that Governor Alia appointed caretaker chairmen to all 23 local government councils of the state on 30 November last year.

One of the sacked chairmen, Haanongon, who was earlier kidnapped and spent 10 days in his abductors’ den, told our correspondent on the telephone that he was surprised to see the development trending on Facebook. He added that he was neither contacted nor given a right of fair hearing.

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