Ortom’s advisers, Zam, Agerzua, escape mob action for diverting journalists fare

Special Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Titus Zam and that of Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, yesterday escaped from being lynched by journalists for pilfering their money.

Agerzua who was given N250,000 by the Gen. Atom Kpera-led coronation committee as fare for journalists who were invited to Gboko for a press briefing decided to first share the money with Mr. Zam by giving him N30,000 and an unnamed aide in his office N20,000 before taking N80,000 for himself, leaving only N120,000 for 15 other journalists in attendance.

The journalists included the General Manager of Radio Benue, GM Harvest FM, the NUJ chairman Benue chapter, four correspondents of national dailies, channels TV reporter and his camera man and some local journalists from the state.

The development took place yesterday, Saturday, 25th February 2017 at the JS Tarka institute of Political Science studies, Gboko, the temporary headquarters of Mzou U Tiv, venue for the Press Conference.

The media chiefs and the NUJ chairman were said to be so furious, crying out that they were there in their capacities from their various media offices.

The expressed disappointment over the way they were treated and insulted like boys by Tahav and Zam.

The development was said to have angered the remaining journalists who after getting unsatisfactory answers from Agerzua stormed Kpera ‘s office and reported the matter but before they could come out after realizing how much was involved, Tahav and Zam who had earlier seen the visible rage in the journalists zoomed off.