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By James Ornguga

A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Simon Itodo today dismissed the suit instituted by former Permanent Secretary in the Benue State Civil Service, Mr. Andy Uwouku challenging his indictment by the Justice Elizabeth Kpojime Commission of Inquiry.
Uwouku is among the 52 persons indicted by the Commission for looting the state to the tune of N107 Billion and had approached the court praying to be set free from all the charges against him.
However, his efforts to be exonerated hit a brick wall today as his case was accordingly dismissed for lack of merit leaving him with many rivers to cross.
Police in September this year, arrested Andy Uwouku over illegal withdrawal of millions of naira from Keystone Bank Plc, Makurdi branch - an account he opened for the Pensions Board to which he was sole signatory.
A former Accountant of the Pensions Board, Paul Chile is also being investigated for allegedly conspiring with Uwouku to convert pensioners' money to their personal use.
In a reaction, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Michael Gusa, described the judgment as victory for the rule of law, justice and accountability. He expressed the commitment of the present administration to recovering the looted funds.
Barrister Gusa urged the people of the state to continue to support the Samuel Ortom administration in its efforts to reposition the state for greater development.

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