Ortom removes Beke, appoints Atser as BIRS boss to imcriminate Orubibi


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Following the refusal of the outgoing acting chairman of the BIRS, Mr. Victor Beke, to implicate his predecessor, Mrs Mimi Orubibi, the governor of Benue state, Mr. Samuel Ortom, on Thursday appointed Mr. Terzungwe Atser, to head the agency as a substantive executive chairman.

A government house source who spoke to Nigerian Concord on this development confirmed that the newly appointed BIRS chairman is a brother to the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Tony Ijohor, from Ipav, Gboko local government.

Before the announcement of his appointment as gathered by this newspaper, the governor, SSG and Atser had a brief meeting where his major assignment was spelt out to him.

His major assignment according to the source is to check all the documents and revenues of the BIRS between 2015 and the time the former chairman was sacked, and bring them forth to implicate her.

It was gathered that Atser was informed that Beke would have been allowed to head the agency as acting chairman till the end of this year but he was removed following his refusal to implicate Mrs Orubibi.

Our source who preferred not to be mentioned also said that Beke was induced severally by the governor and his chief of staff, Terwase Orbunde, with promises that they would protect him if he could get them documents that could be used to set the EFCC after Mrs Orubibi.

The sources added that despite their promises, Beke remained adamant, saying that he had checked all he was asked to check but still didn’t find anything incriminating against the former chairman.

It was further gathered that it was when the governor realized that Beke couldn’t be cajoled to do what he wants that the SSG brought in his brother, Atser, with a promise that he will help the governor to fabricate documents which will be useful to implicate the former BIRS boss.