- An anti-corruption group has called on the EFCC to launch an investigation into the activities of the Benue state government
- The group alleged that sharp practices by the state governmnet is on the increase
- According to the group, these practices have led to ruin in the state and subjected the people to pains, sorrow and hunger
A group has called for a thorough investigation into an alleged corruption in Benue state.
The Initiative for Transparency (TI) urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the Benue state government to find out what it did with its share of all revenues accruing to the state.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the convener of the group Samson Ayodele alleged that the Benue state government has increased sharp practices to ruin the state and subject the people to pains, sorrow and hunger.
Ayodele said the state government is using the security challenges as a front for diverting public funds. He stressed that the state is basically bankrupt to a point that it will descend into crisis once a solution is gotten to the killings.
According to him, the state government has been unable to account for the huge amount of the Paris Club refunds as well as ecological fund which accrued to the state.
Ayodele said: "We make this demand because there is credible information that the EFCC has all the evidence it needs to prove that Ortom has stolen another N18.8 billion, which the reason Benue workers cannot get salaries as at when due. It is the reason the state can never witness any positive development under the present administration of Samuel Ortom and his band of thieves."
"It is on the strength of the foregoing that we have found imperative to expose the Ortom administration as a cesspit of corruption that it is. it is on this basis that we demand that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should step to the plate and do its work as things would have taken an irreversible turn should the Commission wait till the governor's tenure is up for him to lose his immunity.
"Immunity did not stop the courts from granting EFCC's request to freeze the bank account that Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose used to receive alleged proceeds of corruption so Benue state cannot be different. Even while Ortom's immunity subsists, his aides that have no immunity and facilitated the theft of state money should immediately be tried for their roles."
He said the EFCC is presently investigating the governor for this fresh N18.830 billion which was withdrawn on his behalf by the trio of Oliver Mtom, Aorga Emmanuel and Ochoga Peter.
According to him, the three suspects confessed to the EFCC two weeks ago that they truly withdrew the huge funds for the governor from Benue State accounts with UBA, GTB and First Bank.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that troops deployed to the Exercise Ayem Akpatuma in Taraba state arrested some suspected criminals.
The troops in collaboration with officers of the Nigeria Police Force arrested the suspects in in Mayo Ndaga area of the state.
Items including 35 sheets of zinc, bed and locally made pistol were recovered from one of the suspects Amos Titus.
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