Tuesday, 29 November 2016


By Bemgba Iortyom.
Benue State Commissioner for Arts and Culture, Sekav Dzua-Iortyom, was today remanded in prison custody by the Chief Magistrate Court (CMC) 4 Makurdi, presided over by CM Mrs. ikyeer on charges of murder.

The Commissioner was charged for the murder of Aondosoo Tondo who was at the time of his murder a lecturer at the University of Mkar and was also an aspirant in the race for the chairmanship of Buruku Local Government Council.

Following the shooting to death of the lecturer a few months back, Sekav Dzua-Iortyom was fingered as a prime suspect alongside several others, including the Sole Administrator of Buruku LGC, David Yimam.

The suspects were interrogated by the Police over the matter, but when they were to be arraigned in court, the Commissioner absconded and was subsequently declared wanted by the Police.

He is said to have been arrested yesterday in Makurdi where there had all along been speculations he was hiding in the residence of one of the serving Senators from the state on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who is believed to be his (the Commissioner) godfather.

Reports have it that earlier today the Police took the First Information Report (FIR) to Chief Magistrate Court (CMC) 1 Makurdi, but the Presiding Judge, CM Isaac Ajim, declined to entertain the matter, with knowledgeable sources claiming there was intense pressure being mounted from high quarters for the suspect not to be remanded in prison custody.

The Police therefrom transferred the case to CMC 4 where CM Mrs. Ikyeer remanded the suspect in custody at the Medium Security Prisons, Makurdi and adjourned the case to 9 February 2017.

It could be recalled that, since coming to power as governor, several top functionaries of Ortom's administration have been fingered as prime suspects in murder cases.

Those include his Chief Security Officer (CSO) Dickson Orlu Pawa; Special Adviser on Special Duties, Joe Ikyaagba; Amnesty Recipient and Tax Consultant, Terwase Akwaza aka Gana; Arts & Culture Commissioner, Sekav Dzua-Iortyom; Sole Administrator for Buruku LGC, David Yimam.

Also Executive Secretary of the state's Teaching Service Board (TSB), James Pine, was a few days back convicted by a Makurdi Magistrate Court on criminal charges and was only yesterday sacked from office on account of that.

The rate of alleged involvement of functionaries of the Ortom administration in criminal activities is yet unprecedented in the history of the state, a development which has further worsened the image of the administration as one lacking in capacity to deliver good governance.

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