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EFCC goes after Gov Ortom, grills ex-customs boss


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has beamed its searchlight on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state barely a year in office, over an alleged transfer of the state’s cash amounting to N4.29 billion from banks to unknown recipients.

A top official of the commission said the anti-graft agency received two petitions against the governor and some top officials of his administration, Vanguard reports.

The source said though the governor is covered by immunity while in office, an investigation into the matter has already commenced and some persons close to the government are being investigated in relation to the cash transfers.

He said: “I can confirm to you that the commission has received petitions against Governor Ortom and other dramatis personae over alleged diversion and other financial infractions. We have also commenced investigation into the veracity of the petitions. And I can also tell you that the commission will soon take necessary action on the matter.”

Some of those named in the petitions as arrowheads of the scam are said to be members of the state House of Assembly and the National Assembly.

According to EFCC official, only those not covered by immunity were being interrogated in connection with the cash movement.

In reaction, the governor’s chief press secretary, Terver Akase, said the report was not only false but also a demonstration of mischief and ignorance by the authors of the petitions.

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