N705m Misappropriation: Ortom Commends EFCC's Arrest of Principal Officers of Benue Assembly

June 30, 2016, 12:51 pm

Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, on Thursday, commended  the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for arresting  the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Terkimbir Ikyange, and three principal officers over alleged corrupt act.

The anti-graft agency also invited the Deputy Speaker, James Okefe; and the Majority Leader, Benjamin Adanyi.

The principal officers of the assembly were invited to Abuja on Tuesday over alleged misappropriation of N750m meant for the purchase of cars for members.‎ 

Ortom, who  spoke with State House correspondents  after he met  with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the arrest of the lawmakers is a good thing, it is part of the process. They are under investigation by the EFCC.

“From day one, I brought up a slogan that  if you chop money, money will chop you. We have to be careful and I have sent signals to all that nobody is above the law.

“If you do it wrong, you will go your own way. As far as I am concerned, they are under ‎investigation. Let us see the outcome we would have.

“As far as I am concerned, my government will not shield anybody who is corrupt and who is found wanting. Myself as governor and every other lieutenants are open to scrutiny; there is Freedom of Information Bill and people are allowed to get information from these sources,” he added.

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