The former Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, is currently in custody at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for questioning. The EFCC’s Makurdi office had invited Ortom to answer allegations of corruption and financial misappropriation during his tenure as governor.
Ortom arrived at the Makurdi zonal office of the EFCC on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 10 a.m. It is reported that he is still in the EFCC office as of the time of this report. An unnamed source stated that Ortom was invited as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds during his time in office.
The former governor had previously expressed his willingness to cooperate with anti-graft agencies and present himself for questioning if invited. He urged his former appointees to do the same, stating that he had nothing to fear and that he would not run away from the EFCC. He also emphasized that his investments were in the state and not in Europe, inviting anyone accusing him of a crime to come forward with evidence.
As of now, there has been no official information provided by the EFCC regarding Ortom’s visit, and he remains in the custody of the anti-graft agency in Makurdi.