Recovery of property is no witch hunt – Benue govt

Benue Governor Samuel Orthom

Special Adviser to the Benue state governor on security matters, retired Col. Paul Hembah has refuted allegations that sacked political appointees loyal to Senator George Akume were being witch-hunted through recovery of official vehicles.
Hemba who made the rebuttal in an interview with newsmen yesterday at the Benue Government House, Makurdi, stated that a task force was set up by governor Ortom to recover government vehicles from appointees after their disengagement from office several months ago.
He explained that the affected persons were dully communicated through letters, phone calls and text messages to willingly return government vehicles in their custody.
The adviser further explained that while some of the former appointees had complied with the directive and returned the vehicles, others refused by evading all communication links even when letters were posted on their residential gates.
The Special Adviser stated that all sacked appointees, irrespective of whichever camp they belonged had been asked to return government property in their possession, especially vehicles.
“After some appointees were disengaged by Governor Ortom several months ago, a task force headed by me was set up to recover government vehicles from such appointees.
“Those alleging witch-hunt are out for mischief and to score cheap political points.
If the affected persons felt harassed, the best thing to do is to return the vehicles to government,” he said.


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