Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has forced no fewer than 11 permanent secretaries in the state civil service into retirement.
This was disclosed shortly after an emergency State Executive Council meeting on Tuesday at the Peoples House, Makurdi.
The affected permanent secretaries are Stev Ato, Terna Iorkyaa, Joseph Okor, Akperan Anunne and Eugene Ivase.
Others are Godwin Ejembi, Shabu B., Ade John, Asen Sambe, Tor Jun and Terlumun Tsegba.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Ode Ageh, said that the directive took immediate effect.
The commissioner explained that the reason for the retirement was based on their health conditions, age and performance.
Ageh also said seven vehicles were recovered from officials of the past administration of Gabriel Suswam, warning that those still keeping properties owned by the government should return them so as to avoid prosecution.