EFCC Frees Ortom After Hours Of Intense Interrogation

Former governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has been freed from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

According to an aide to the Ortom, the former governor was released around 7:30pm on Tuesday after many hours of intense quizzing at the zonal office of the EFF in Makurdi, the state capital.

Ortom who governed Benue State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was questioned by EFCC officials over alleged misappropriation of public funds during his administration as governor.

Reacting to the development, the Benue State chapter of the PDP said while Ortom is not the first former governor to be grilled by EFCC, his case is “remarkably distinct for the lack of rancour and acrimony which usually attends such appearances”.

“The party is satisfied that ex-governor Ortom’s conduct is a clear reflection of his having no skeletons in his cupboard,” Benue PDP spokesperson said in a statement.

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Meanwhile, the Benue state house of assembly has set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the income and expenditures of the 23 LGAs of the state.

The committee was constituted by speaker of the assembly, Aondona Dajoh, following a request by Hyacinth Alia, governor of the state.

Alia’s letter to the house of assembly reads, “Following the receipt of the report of income and expenditures of the chairmen of the 23 local government councils themselves on June 14, 2023, I hereby forward the above report to you for investigation and necessary recommendations.”

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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