No fewer than nine persons have been arrested by the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), collaborating with the Nigeria Police have over the N107 billion allegedly looted from Benue State treasury by 52 individuals and 10 corporate organisations in the last administration.
The nine persons, who were indicted by the Justice Elizabeth Kpojime Commission of Inquiry, were arrested and detained at the State Police headquarters in Makurdi, Benue Stat before they were taken to the Force Headquarters in Abuja for further investigation and subsequent prosecution.
Those arrested included former governor Gabriel Suswam’s former special adviser on Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Solomon Wombo, former Permanent Secretary of the bureau, Mr Asen Sambe, and the accountant during their time, Mr. Isaiah Ipevnor.
Others were Janet Aluga, Moses Detso, Peter Ochoga, James Gera, Aorga Emmanuel and former legal adviser of Benue Investment and Property Company, BIPC, Mr John Tyokegh.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, who confirmed the arrests, explained that the order came from the Force Headquarters in Abuja.