Ortom: We are recovering property, not witchhunting people


A government must do what it will do, whether people like it or not, all in the interest of the people and the system. This seems to be what the embattled governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, is saying when he embarked on recovery of government property in the hands of those he called former office holders.


Special Adviser to the Benue State Governor on Security Matters, Retired Col. Paul Hembah, has refuted allegations that sacked political appointees loyal to Senator George Akume were being witch-hunted through recovery of official vehicles.

He made the rebuttal today at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi during an interview with newsmen.

Col. Hembah stated that following the disengagement of some government appointees by Governor Ortom several months ago, a task force headed by him was set up to recover government vehicles from such appointees.

According to him, the affected persons were dully communicated through letters, phone calls and text messages to willingly return government vehicles in their custody.

He explained that while some of the former appointees had complied with the directive and returned the vehicles, others refused by evading all communication links even when letters were posted on their residential gates.

The Special Adviser stated that all sacked appointees irrespective of whichever camp they belonged had been asked to return government property in their possession especially vehicles.

He said those alleging witchhunt were out for mischief and to score cheap political points, stressing that if they feel harassed, the best thing to do is to return the vehicles to government.