Sunday, 28 June 2015

Massive fraud uncovered in #Benue exam board, BIPC, others

The transition committee set up by Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom to scrutinise the handover notes of his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam, has uncovered massive fraud at the State Examination Board.

The committee is headed by former Head of Service (HOS) and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Mike Iordye with Professor Steven Ugba and Secretary to the State Government (SSG) among others as members.

The committee is sitting at presidential lodge located within Government House Makurdi.
Documents obtained exclusively by The Nation shows that the management of Benue State Examination led by a top female executive (name withheld) singlehandedly coughed out N15 million from the accounts without approval.

The said cash was donated to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the last general elections.
It was also gathered the female executive also bought a Toyota Hilux vehicle at N10 million, which was donated to the party for campaign with the hope she would be retained at the board if the PDP won.

It was learnt that the defeat of PDP at the state and federal levels emboldened some top management members of the board to leak the information.

Investigation revealed that since the sleaze was leaked to members of the transition committee, the embattled female executive had embarked on vendetta by posting those she suspected to have blown the whistle behind her ordeal to other ministries.

One of the affected staff, Abur Dyer, who has served the examination board for many years, has been unceremoniously moved to Ministry of Finance without an office as a punitive measure.

But those who see their transferred as punitive measures have vowed to fight back and open up to the transition committee.

A member of the committee who spoke to The Nation on condition of anonymity said that apart from the examination board, the transition committee also uncovered massive fraud in Benue Investment and Property Company (BIPC), Benue Links Transport Company and Ministry of Finance.

Millions of were said to have been paid on dubious contracts without proper documentation in the agencies.

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