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N195m fraud: Sacked secretary threatens to sue Benue for defamation

John Charles Makurdi

A former executive secretary of the Benue State Teaching Service Board, Dr Wilfred Uji, has said he has consulted his lawyer to sue the State Government for defamation of characters.

Uji who was reacting to the report of the committee set up to investigate the activities of the board since 2017 till April 2020 said that he was not formally invited.

Uji who displayed a letter sent to him, described it as ‘informal’ which he said did not indicate that he was being investigated.

The former executive secretary challenged the state  government  to  show any  evidence of misappropriation under his watch he is ready to face prosecution. He said, “I am not a signatory of any of the accounts of the cooperative society, so how can I withdraw money from the account.

“Considering that my status as an associate professor who had headed department will be defamed, I have consulted my lawyer to take Benue State Government to court it is enough of this defamation of characters.”

Earlier, the committee set up to look into the activities of teaching service board had asked Uji to refund N195m.

Submitting its report to Governor Samuel Ortom, the committee chairman, Sarwuan Tarnonogo, said the sum represented the amount allegedly mismanaged from the cooperative society of the board during Uji’s tenure between 2017 and March 2020.

Source: punchng.com