- The EFCC reportedly beamed its searchlight on the security vote of Governor Samuel Ortom
- The report quoted a source as calling the freezing of the accounts as witch-hunt
- Terver Akase confirms the development
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly frozen the bank accounts belonging to the government of Benue state after it was said to have secured a court order for this.
Vanguard reports that the government’s accounts were frozen on the claim that Governor Samuel Ortom’s security vote was being investigated.
The report quoted a top official of the state as confirming this. The EFCC has, however, not reacted to this claim at the time of this report.
The official reportedly said that three bank accounts were affected by the action of the EFCC.
“The order would effected the payment of salaries and all of the state government’s financial obligations because these are accounts from where salaries and other sundry payments are paid.
“We also gathered that the commission secured a valid court order which was presented to all the affected banks for necessary action but it is clearly a witch-hunt because Governor Ortom defected from the APC, that is Nigerian democracy for you.
“We are only urging Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to use his good offices to stop these spate of impunity from hell going on in our country because we are gradually descending to anarchy in Nigeria.
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“When has it become an offence for anyone to defect to another party, for God’s sake? Is this the country and democracy we all gave our all and also lost loved one to achieve?” He queried.
The chief press secretary to the governor, Terver Akase, also confirmed the development saying: "The agenda to shut down Benue State is thickening by the day.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the political travails of Samuel Ortom were compounded on Monday, July 30, after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission disclosed that it had begun probing the Benue state governor for alleged fraud to tune of N22 billion.
The anti-graft police also revealed that 21 members of the Benue state house of Assembly are under investigation for allegedly embezzling N375m meant for the procurement of vehicles for oversight functions.
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