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Benue Gov Inherited Over N14bn Consent Judgment — Commissioner

Benue State Commissioner for Justice and Public Order and Attorney-General, Fidelis Mnyim, on Tuesday, said that over N14 billion was inherited as consent judgment from the immediate past government.

The commissioner, who revealed this during an interaction with journalists in his office, said the immediate past administration of Samuel Ortom had countless consent judgements towards the end of its tenure.

According to the commissioner, some of the judgment debts fell into garnishing, bordering on several unpaid contracts and 34 months of unpaid pensions.

He said, “These group of people became so aggressive and filed cases against the state government.

“When we came in, we had over 14 billion naira conceit judgment. These consent judgments cannot be appealed because the government agreed to pay them and the government is a continuum.”

The commissioner said that three garnishee orders that could have affected the payment of salary had been set aside, just as he promised that others would be paid instalmentally.

“I am aware of the mess, the almighty garnishees which are revolving will soon be a thing of the past.

Speaking on the infrastructural decay in the ministry, the commissioner said that the state government was working to improve the facilities.

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