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Governor Orders Suspension Of Commissioner Over Alleged Fraud

Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State has ordered the immediate suspension of the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Omoun Perekebena Perez to allow unfelted investigation into allegations of infractions in the implementation of the Greenhouse Project being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The suspension of Perez as a commissioner followed the interim report of a seven-man committee chaired by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Kingsley Emu which conducted the report.

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Besides the commissioner, some other senior officials of the ministry including Messrs Bennett Ezon-Abode Agamah, Permanent Secretary; Engr. Oki Preowei Yintareke, Assistant Director, Agricultural Engineering and Mr. Gabriel Idiatacheko, Chief Accountant are to proceed on compulsory leave until further notice in line with Civil Service extant rules.”

The decision on the suspension of Perez as a commissioner and other officers was conveyed in a statement issued by Dr Emu, the Delta SSG on Wednesday morning.

According to the statement, “consequent upon the interim report of the committee and in other to have an unimpeded access to information during the period of the investigations, the Governor, Rt. Hon. Elder Sheriff F.O Oborevwori has approved the immediate suspension of Hon. Omoun Perekebena Perez, Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, while Messrs Bennett Ezon-Abode Agamah, Permanent Secretary; Engr. Oki Preowei Yintareke, Assistant Director, Agricultural Engineering and Mr. Gabriel Idiatacheko, Chief Accountant are to proceed on compulsory leave until further notice in line with Civil Service extant rules.”

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The statement further added that the government’s action is in no way a presumption of guilt but rather a necessary measure to uphold the sanctity of the investigative processes already instituted which is to ensure that the investigation is conducted without any potential for undue influence or bias.

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