Ortom berates EFCC for freezing account of Benue SEMA
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has chastised the Economic and Financial Crime Commission for freezing the Benue State Emergency Management Agency’s (SEMA) bank account, which is used to support the state’s internally displaced persons (IDPs).
He challenged the commission to be more transparent in its fight against corruption and to quit picking and choosing which cases to investigate.
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Governor Ortom spoke in Makurdi on Friday when he hosted a team of 15 participants from the National Institute for Security Studies in Abuja who are on a study trip to the state as part of the Executive Intelligence Management Course.
He questioned the anti-graft agency’s reasoning, claiming that the cash in the account were donations from individuals and corporations who were truly concerned about the situation of the IDPs.
“By its selective war against financial crimes in the country, the anti-corruption agency has demonstrated the height of impunity,” the Governor said. “A situation where the EFCC harasses innocent citizens on politically motivated grounds is unacceptable.”
“The Commission should focus its attention on corrupt officials in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration who have turned the purchase of the APC’s N100 million presidential nomination forms for the upcoming general elections into a bazaar.”
Governor Ortom also urged the Federal Government to fulfil its constitutional obligation to protect Nigerians’ lives and property, emphasising that security was critical for the country’s economic development.
He praised the participants for choosing Benue State as part of their study tour and asked them to take the study seriously and come up with meaningful answers to the nation’s insecurity problems.
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Godwin Ometu, the leader of the delegation and a NISS directing staff, earlier told the Governor that the course was a flagship programme of NISS and that the Syndicate Two was in Benue State to allow participants to get first-hand information about governance, development, and security.
He explained that the course, which had the theme “Global Climate Challenge; Prospects and Priorities for Economic Development,” was aimed at fostering interagency synergy and inspiring participants to address insecurity issues, noting that the participants came from various security formations both within and outside Nigeria.
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