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N4.29bn scam: EFCC goes after Ortom

N4.29bn scam: EFCC goes after Ortom

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has beamed its searchlight on governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State for allegedly transferring the state’s cash amounting to N4.29 billion from banks to unknown recipients.

An insider hinted Vanguard, last night, that the agency received two petitions against the governor and some top officials of the administration and had already commenced investigation into the matter, even though the governor is covered by immunity while in office.

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 members of the state House of Assembly and the National Assembly.

The official said only those not covered by immunity were being interrogated in connection with the cash movement, adding that the outcome of the commission’s probe would soon be made public.

However, Governor Ortom, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase, said there was no iota of truth in the report.

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