Ortom’s silence over allegation of funding Boko Haram suspect is suspicious – Group 

President of the Benue Youth Renaissance Group (BYRG), Comrade Eric Kundushima has said the silence of Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom over allegations of funding to Boko Haram suspect and former head of livestock guard, Alhaji Aliyu Tershaku is suspicious.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had uncovered how Benue State Government paid N20million monthly into the account of the Boko Haram suspect who was arrested by the Nigerian Army in April over the murder of 2 Catholic priests and 17 parishioners in Mbalom, Benue state.

The EFCC said: “Between December 20, 2017 and April 6, 2018, the Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAC) has been remitting N20million to the account of Al-Tershaku Global Security Limited allegedly owned by Tershaku. JAC posted N80million to this account as at the time of Tershaku’s arrest. This is aside suspicious cash lodgments by Tershaku himself into the company’s account.”

Comrade Kundushima, through a press release said Governor Ortom’s media aides had deliberately refused to comment over the allegations hoping that they would diffuse.

“We have noticed the tactical manner with which Governor Samuel Ortom is handling this matter. He has deliberately refused to respond or comment on the allegations that he was sending funds to a known terrorist implicated in the Fulani herdsmen crisis but the people want to know. Why was the government sending funds of that amount to a criminal and for what purpose?

“When civil servants are owed several months of salary, why were our meagre resources used to fund terrorist activities. The people are interested bacause they want to know those behind these killings. The silence is highly suspicious.” The statement read in part.

Speaking on behalf of Governor Samuel Ortom following the allegations, His Chief Press Secretary Mr. Tever Akase called for a fair investigation however did not debunk the allegations made concerning the Boko Haram suspect.

He said: “This is anti-graft and we believe they are doing their job. However, we are asking that they should be fair in their investigation. A man who is suspected is not guilty until he is found guilty.”

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