The Benue State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Sekav Iyortyom, has been suspended for three months by the state Executive Council, pending the determination of the murder charges against him.
Also suspended from office for three months is the Sole Administrator of Buruku Local Government Area, Mr. David Yiman, who is also facing murder charges.
Iyortyom and six others were recently declared wanted by the police in connection with the alleged assassination of Joseph Tondo, a chairmanship aspirant in Buruku local government area.
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State Information and Orientation Commissioner, Chief Odeh Ageh, made this announcement at the end of the weekly State Executive Council meeting in Makurdi.
He said: “The decision of the council would be communicated to the state House of Assembly, which will also be requested to approve an acting Sole Administrator for Buruku. I must emphasise that the council took the decision in line with the policy of the Ortom administration to comply with the Rule of Law and due process. At the end of three months, the council may review its decision, depending the outcome of the charges.”
According to Chief Ageh, the above persons would have to clear their names over the allegations of murder leveled against them.
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