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    N4.29 Billion Fraud: ‘Gov. Ortom Not Under EFCC Investigation’ ~ Benue State Govt

    Benue State Government has denied media reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was investigating Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, over N4.29 billion fraud.

    In press statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and ICT, which was made available to The Nation said the allegations which are false and mischievous are calculated at tarnishing the image of the Governor and his administration.

    Governor Ortom and his officials are not under investigation by any anti-graft body.

    The reports claimed that they were based on three petitions sent to the EFCC.

    According to the reports, Governor Ortom siphoned over N2.6 billion through the bank account of a member of the House of Representatives, Mr Emmanuel Udende.

    Mr. Udende has already issued a statement denying the authencity of the said bank details.

    “EFCC does not need to be told when huge money hits somebody’s account because the Nigerian Financial Intelligence, NFI Unit is an arm of the Commission which alerts them about all large sums transactions,” he stated.

    “The glo phone number provided in the report is not mine. I don’t have a driving licence. I use my international passport in my transactions. The Bank accounts provided are also not mine. No funds were transferred into my accounts as contained in the report at any point. My bank accounts do not have such amounts of money mentioned.”

    “If truly EFCC has received a petition of that nature, why have they not invited me up till now? Should we be hearing about the said petition on the pages of newspapers?” The lawmaker queried.


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