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Benue Assembly Dismisses Three Local Government Chairmen for Alleged Financial Misconduct

Benue Assembly Dismisses Three Local Government Chairmen for Alleged Financial Misconduct

The Benue State House of Assembly has given its approval to the dismissal of three caretaker committee chairmen in local government areas, citing allegations of financial misconduct. The House has also appointed replacements for the vacant positions.

The decision was made following a letter from Governor Hyacinth Alia, which was read out during the assembly’s plenary session on Tuesday by Speaker Hyacinth Dajoh.

The three chairmen who were relieved of their duties are Tavershima Agber from Gboko, Gideon Haanongon from Ukum, and Francis Zazan from Katsina-Ala.

According to the governor’s correspondence, the removal of the chairmen was recommended after an evaluation of complaints regarding their failure to account for the revenues generated by their respective local councils. Additionally, they were accused of engaging in criminal activities.

The letter requested the House to appoint Verlumun Avar for Gboko, Victor Iorza for Ukum, and Justin Shaku for Katsina-Ala as replacements for the dismissed chairmen.

The House, in agreement with the governor’s request, instructed the affected chairmen to hand over their responsibilities to their vice chairmen until the newly appointed replacements are sworn in.

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