Looting: Why Benue State account will remain frozen- Gov. Alia explains

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Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has explained that his administration decided to leave the accounts of the state frozen to avoid the continuous looting of the state treasury..

The state government had in recent times said that some senior workers in the state were discovered to be drawing salary from three different places; state, local government and State Universal Basic Education Board.

Asked reason for the continuous closure of the state accounts, the Catholic priest- turned politician said he took the right decision to freeze the state accounts as hyenas and hawks were still hanging around.

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He said, “Even as I speak to you, there are still hyenas and hawks waiting for anything to drop and they will take them out because landmines have been set, and I think we have done perfectly well.

“It is not yet time for the unfreezing to be done. I’m still looking at each of the parastatals, ministries and agencies and if you take a peep at what is there, you will be shocked and you will ask me to close the account until the end of the year.

While the freeze is still on, any government parastatal that is in need should bring it to the appropriate place and it is treated.”

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Alia stated this during his maiden meeting with media practitioners in the state held at new banquet hall of Government House, Makurdi dated 6th August, 2023.


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