Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said the freezing of the State Government’s accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC will affect the payment of salaries, pensions and other sundry funds.
Disclosing the development this morning through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase on Greetings FM Abuja, the governor condemned the action by the EFCC, calling it a political witch-hunt.
“Yes, it is true that accounts of the Benue State Government have been frozen by EFCC. It is part of the political witch-hunt against Governor Samuel Ortom. The action of EFCC is already having negative impact on the running of government in Benue State. It is a move that will affect salaries, pensions and other sundry payments.
“The question we are asking is; why did EFCC not investigate the Governor’s security votes when he was still a member of APC? Why start the investigation now?
“EFCC should not allow itself to be used as an attack dog unleashed against perceived political opponents.
“Let the Federal Government tell us how much it has spent on prosecuting the fight against Boko Haram and how much it spent on the other operations such as Python Dance, Crocodile Smile and Whirl Stroke.
“Benue has suffered heavy attacks by Fulani herdsmen since the beginning of the year. Within the period, the State Government has spent a lot to legitimately support security agencies to protect the people of the state. Governor Ortom has not diverted funds. He runs a transparent administration.”
It was gathered that the government accounts were frozen by the anti graft agency on the premise that the Governor’s security vote was being investigated.
According to a top official of the administration, the government’s accounts affected by the EFCC order includes those in Fidelity Bank, First Bank and GTB.
If salary omissions in 2015 (july-september) we’re promised to be paid when Benue state account was unfrozen and till date one hasn’t been paid only for this account to be frozen again. Does it means president Buhari has introduced another policy (Frozen²) where a frozen account is refrozen?
The criminal called governor on radio Benue told the whole world that once that account was unfrozen, those omissions would be paid, Has those illegal omissions in 2015 been paid?
I think it is time to write a reminder to EFCC about those omissions.
Those supporting this criminal should bury their heads in shame