- Governor Samuel Ortom has confirmed that the bank accounts of the Benue state government has been unfreezed
- The governor made this known in a statement on Thursday, August 9, while thanking Nigerians for their solidarity
- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had earlier shut down the accounts, claiming it was investigating the government
Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, has thanked patriotic Nigerians for their solidarity, support and prayers. for the last 48 hours in which the EFCC shut down the bank accounts of the state government.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com on Thursday, August 9, Ortom said the action of Nigerians to speak out, have enabled the nation as well as Benue state to overcome the recent wave of impunity.
He said the development has deepened democracy which strives on the rule of law and due process.
“The governor believes that the nationwide condemnation which trailed the police and DSS siege on the Benue state House of Assembly as well as the invasion of the National Assembly will be remembered and appreciated by patriots now and in the future.
“He says the condemnation of EFCC's freezing of the state's accounts and general outcry have made the organization to unfreeze the said accounts.
“The governor also thanks the presidency for intervening to end impunity and the siege on the legislature.
“He appreciates Benue people for their support as well as religious and traditional leaders across the country who have stood by the truth and called for the protection of democracy.
“The governor thanks the Nigerian Governors' Forum, civil society organisations and the media for being true defenders of democracy and advocates of justice, fairness and equity,” a statement by the governor's spokesman, Terver Akase said.
Governor Ortom assured Nigerians, particularly the people of Benue state, that he will not bow to intimidation and harassment aimed at bullying him into silence.
He said he has not committed any offence by enacting a law prohibiting open grazing in the state and by choosing another political platform.
According to him, he has only exercised his right to freedom of association as provided for in the country's constitution just as those who have left other parties for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said his persecution and others on account of their defection is “a direct attack on constitutional provisions which must be rejected by all patriots.”
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Akase had earlier described the action of the anti-graft commission as a political witch-hunt against his principal after he defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, “the action of EFCC is already having negative impact on the running of government in Benue state. It is a move that will affect salaries, pensions and other sundry payments,” advising the EFCC not to “allow itself to be used as an attack dog unleashed against perceived political opponents.”
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