Benue Deputy Governor Absolved Of Alleged Diversion Of 74m Naira

Channels Television  
Updated April 26, 2016

Benson Abounu Benue Deputy GovernorThe Benue State government has absolved the Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, of complicity and alleged diversion of 74 million Naira from from the bailout fund granted to Benue State in 2015.

The denial, followed the report published on April 23 by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) on the disbursement of the bailout funds wherein, it alleged that 1.6 billion Naira was diverted in Benue State.

While the state accessed over 12. 5 billion Naira to pay civil servants their five months’ salary arrears, the ICPC said the office of the Deputy Governor received double payment of 37 million Naira each from the allegedly diverted 1.6 billion Naira from the bailout fund.

But the Commissioner for Information, Odeh Ageh, said the payments were made to settle outstanding salary arrears of the management and players of Lobi Football Club, nothing that that ICPC report was wrong.