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Ex-Benue governor, Ortom, in EFCC net over misappropriation allegation

Samuel Ortom

Samuel Ortom, a former governor of Benue State, is reportedly in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.

The ex-governor, according to reports, was invited by the anti-graft body for questioning over his tenure in Benue State which lasted eight years.

Ortom, who arrived at the EFCC office at Alor Gordon Street in Abuja at exactly 10:08 am, walked straight into the building.

His aides, Terver Akase, and principal special assistant on Special Duties, Abraham Kwanhgu, were seen with him.

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As of the time of filing this report, Ortom was still in closed-door meeting with the EFCC officials.

During the inauguration ceremony of the new Governor of the state, Hyacinth Alia, Ortom had handed over a debt profile of N187.7 billion to the new administration.

The ex-governor told Alia that the handover notes in three volumes were summary of his eight years administration.

Ortom disclosed that, as at April 2023, the total income generated throughout his eight-year tenure amounted to ₦734.9 billion, while the total debt incurred amounted to ₦187.7billion inclusive of unpaid salary, pension arrears, loans and bonds, among others.