- Governor Samuel Ortom said the EFCC is constantly harassing Benue state
- He described the action of the anti-graft agency as persecution
- Ortom said the EFCC was probing his security spendings
Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has subjected state government officials to intense grilling, saying that the persecution was becoming “ridiculous”.
Ortom’s chief press secretary, Terver Akase, who raised the alarm on Wednesday, August 15 in Makurdi, said no day passes without the commission adding one more angle to their harassment of Benue officials.
“Their latest move is the demand for minutes of the Benue State Security Council meetings.”
Querying the legality of their request, Akase asked “does the statutory mandate of the commission include regulation of states’ security affairs?”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the state legislators were currently answering questions at the EFCC over their involvement in a car purchase deal since the beginning of the incumbent administration.
Ortom had also raised alarm that the anti-graft agency was probing his security spendings and demanded that it should cover all governors and the presidency.
Meanwhile, the special adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom on media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, has described the claim by the immediate past deputy governor of Benue state, Chief Stephen Lawani, that Governor Ortom was forced out of the APC on account of poor performance as a desperate attempt to seek relevance and please the owner of the party in the state.
Chief Lawani had in an interview with Vanguard claimed that the All Progressives Congress shut its doors against Governor Ortom because he had performed poorly as governor of Benue state.
In a statement discrediting Chief Lawani’s allegation, the governor’s media adviser maintained that the former deputy governor was on a self-serving mission to impress the owner of the party in the state.
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