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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Erstwhile Benue Governor, Ortom in EFCC Custody




Former Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom is currently in custody of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The ex-Governor who was invited by the anti-graft agency to give account of his stewardship drove into the Makurdi zonal office of the agency, located at Alor Gordon street in the state capital at exactly 10:08am.

The former governor’s media aide, Terver Akase, and Principal Special Assistant on Special Duties, Abraham Kwanhgu, were sighted with him.

Ortom at a brief ceremony held at the old banquet hall of Government House in Makurdi, had told his successor Rev. Father Hyacinth Alia that the handover notes in three volumes were a summary of his eight years administration.

The governor explained that the total income of the state during his eight years sojourn amounted to N734.9billion as at April 2023 while the total debt incurred by the state within the period stood at N187.7billion inclusive of unpaid salary, pension arrears, loans and bonds among others.

He also intimated his successor of a debt swap/reduction arrangement between the state and the Federal Government to the tune of N97.716billion