The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday took into custody, the immediate past governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.
Ripples Nigeria gathered that soon after leaving office, Ortom received an invitation from the anti-graft organisation for an interview concerning alleged theft of funds.
The former governor of Benue was seen entering the EFCC premises on Tuesday morning after arriving at the organization’s Abuja office.
Ortom is being grilled over alleged misappropriation of public funds when he was governor of the state.
The debt profile for Benue State is reportedly N187.7 billion.
The former governor had before leaving office promised to remain in the country for at least five months to answer any questions that might flow from his eight years of being on the saddle.
Ortom also promised to present himself before anti-graft agencies if invited for questioning on any issue whatsoever.
He had also enjoined his then appointees to make themselves available for questioning if invited saying “Anytime you are invited by the EFCC, don’t be afraid to go, as for me I am not a coward to run away from EFCC, if they come for me I will follow them.
“I have nothing to fear, I don’t have any investment in Europe all I have are in this state. If anyone accuses me of committing any crime let the person come and show me.”
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