Benue State government has described as political witch-hunt the freezing of the state accounts by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee. The anti-graft company froze the account of the state on Tuesday August seventh.
The State Legal professional-Normal and Commissioner for Justice, Mike Gusa, in a chat with Punch, confirmed the motion of the EFCC, describing it as a direct assault on the state governor, Samuel Ortom, who just lately defected from APC to PDP.
“Sure, it’s true that the accounts of the Benue State Government have been frozen by the EFCC. It’s a part of the political witch-hunt in opposition to Governor Samuel Ortom. The motion of the EFCC is already having a destructive influence on the operating of government in Benue State. It’s a transfer that may have an effect on salaries, pensions, and different sundry funds. The query we’re asking is; why did the EFCC not examine the Governor’s safety votes when he was nonetheless a member of the APC? Why begin the investigation now?
EFCC shouldn’t permit itself to be used as an assault canine unleashed in opposition to perceived political opponents. Let the Federal Government inform us how a lot it has spent on prosecuting the combat in opposition to Boko Haram and the way a lot it spent on the different operations comparable to Python Dance, Crocodile Smile, and Whirl Stroke. Benue has suffered heavy assaults by Fulani herdsmen since the starting of the yr. Inside the interval, the State Government has spent lots to legitimately help safety businesses to defend the individuals of the state. Governor Ortom has not diverted funds. He runs a clear administration.
“We welcome the investigation, however as I mentioned earlier, it ought to begin from the Presidency and go throughout the 36 states. Benue shouldn’t be singled out for victimization, intimidation, and harassment as the Federal Government with its businesses are presently doing.”
The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, had frozen the 5 financial institution accounts belonging to Benue State Government over the misappropriation of N22 billion.