The chairman, Benue State Independent electoral commission, BSIEC, Tersoo Paul Loko has been accused of allegedly diverting the sum of N59 million to his coffers and has vowed not to refund the money to the Benue state Government.
Sources close to Mr Loko who spoke with TheSKY Newspaper Correspondent in Makurdi on the condition of anonymity said, the BSIEC Chairman was relying on his connections with the new zonal head of the EFCC in Makurdi, Mr Daniel Isei and his second in command to set him free. He was said to have held several meetings with the zonal head who allegedly pledged full support for him. It has been alleged also that Loko said he will rather give the money to the new zonal head of the EFCC in Makurdi to subvert the case. The sources have it that the Chairman proudly disclosed his plans to travel to Abuja on Saturday, 22nd August, 2020 with the sum of N5 million to see the acting chairman of the commission to stop the investigation and transfer other officials judging the case out of the Makurdi zonal office.
Following the general arrest made by the EFCC Makurdi zonal office for the alleged diversion of funds made available by the Benue State government for the just concluded local government elections in the state, it has been revealed that so far, the BSIEC chairman on several occasions withdrew varying sums of money in cash meant for the payment of the said Ad-hoc staff for his personal use.
It has been alleged that the EFCC Makurdi zonal head office has discovered the diversion of the sums of N45 million, N14 million etc in cash from the commission’s treasury on different occasions by the BSIEC chairman in outright violation of due process.
It has been gathered that the BSIEC chairman also ran to Governor Samuel Ortom to help him cover up his deals but ended up in disappointment as the Governor told him to carry his cross and repeated his slogan “If you chop money, money go chop you”.
Those accusing Mr Loko expressed shock that in spite of all these, the EFCC has not brought charges against the BSIEC chairman even when the commission’s secretary, Accountant and other officials had allegedly testified openly against him.
All efforts to get the embattled BSIEC Chairman respond to the allegations proved abortive as calls put to him were not answered and he did not reply to the message sent to him since Saturday, 22nd August, 2020 even when it was clear that he read it.