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Ortom Drags Akume To Court Over Corruption Allegations

Ortom & Akume
Ortom & Akume

September 01, (THEWILL) – Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has dragged the Minister Of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, to court over allegations of corruption levelled against him by the minister.

Ortom made this discosure to newsmen on Wednesday.

He said: “I did not want to join issues with the minister, so I choose the honourable way.

“The minister lost his Senatorial ambition in 2019 because of his abysmal performance and now he has gone all out to vent his anger on me by destabilising my government, but I am not deterred because this is not the first time. In 2018, he also instigated members of the State Assembly to impeach me and they resisted by impeaching the then speaker. So, we will meet at the court.

“I don’t want to join issues with the Minister but I have to put the records straight for all Nigerians and beyond to know, because all the allegations by the Minister in the said press conference were cheap lies and blackmail, it is just to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it, so let him explain all the allegations at the court.”

Ortom has been having a running battle with the presidency over the farmers-herders clashes and insecurity in the state.

Akume, a former governor of Benue state, had at a press conference held in Abuja on Monday, August 30, 2021, asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate the application of the total federal allocations to Benue State from May 29, 2015, to date.

He said: “We call on Governor Samuel Ortom to tender an unreserved apology to President Muhammadu Buhari, for using foul language and for operating outside the set rules of engagement between the state and the Federal Government.

“We call on the EFCC and ICPC to thoroughly investigate the application of the total federal allocations to Benue State from May 29, 2015 to date.

“The federal government should as a matter of urgency direct the disbandment of the Livestock Guards in Benue State for their involvements in nefarious and criminal activities leading to the breach of peace and massacre of innocent citizens of Benue State.”