The Judicial Commission of Inquiry led by Justice Elizabeth Kpojime that investigated Ex-Governor Gabriel Suswam’s tenure indicted 52 individuals in its report released last week.
Since then, there have been positive and negative reactions with many claiming the investigations were lopsided, avoiding some key players during the period reviewed; here are 5 of such players.
1. Chief Steven Lawani Was the Deputy to Ex-Governor, Gabriel Suswam for the entirety of his eight year tenure, but according to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, he put no foot wrong.
He contested and lost the gubernatorial primaries under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2015 elections.
Chief Lawani along with other arrived PDP bigwigs decamped into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) shortly before the Benue South rerun senatorial elections.
2. Chief Sam Ode Bosom friend of Ex-Governor Gabriel Suswam and his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for 3 years before becoming minister of the federal republic. He entered the race to succeed his friend but lost out, and was also among the decampees to the APC before the rerun elections in Benue South.
3. Hon. John Tondu Hon Tondu was Commissioner for Lands and Survey under Suswam. After his tenure as commissioner, Tondu contested and lost a bid to represent Makurdi/Guma federal constituency under the PDP in the 2015 general elections.
Just last week, the state House of Assembly urged Governor Ortom to set up a Commission of Inquiry that will review the allocation of lands in the state from 2007 to 2015.
4. Chief Mike Iordye Chief Iordye, a kinsman of Governor Samuel Ortom was head of service for a couple of years under the past administration.
He latter headed the transition committee which reported that Suswam left a debt burden of over N130 billion amongst other findings.
5. Prof Charity Angya The professor of Theatre Art is the immediate past vice-chancellor of Benue State University, Makurdi. A visitation panel set up by Governor Ortom to review the books of the institution, made shocking revelations, it may just be a matter of time before the law comes calling.
DISCLAIMER: This is not aimed at discrediting the painstaking report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry or undermining the personalities of those listed. Should rather be seen as an honours list of politicians who romanced with power, yet did well to be prudent hence escaping indictment.
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