I Will Hand Suswam Over to EFCC Very Soon, Ortom Vows

By Ati Terkula

Benue State governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, has today vowed that very soon he will hand former governor, Gabriel Suswam to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for embezzling over 100 billion Naira belonging to the state.

The governor made this vow while addressing a caller on his periodic radio phone-in programme. He said he has not relented in his bid to recover the billions looted by the former governor and assured the people of the state of following legal means in achieving this aim.

" I am not going to relax, I am going to recover every single kobo. Very soon I will hand Suswam to EFCC ...nobody can intimidate me to stop what I doing". Ortom vowed.

While also refutting allegations of Independent Corrupt Practices Commission's (ICPC) arrest of some of his appointees concerning the management of bailout funds, Ortom revealed that the ICPC did not visit the state but he had granted the EFCC permission to visit the state and investigate a 500 million Naira fraud including disappearance of 10 rice milling machines donated to the state by the Korean government in 2012 as relief for the flood disaster.

". . . Yesterday EFCC were in the state, investigating 10 rice milling machines donated by Korean government in 2012 as relief for the flood disaster including the 500 Million from federal government which were all diverted. These rice milling machines were diverted by Suswam's government.