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The controversial Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has come out to blast the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC about their method of fighting corruption. The Governor made it clear that the security outfit has a penchant for fighting corruption with a lot of bias and selectiveness.
Governor Ortom made this known on Friday when he received at the Benue Peoples House, a delegation of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 15 participants from the National Institute for Security Studies, Abuja, on study tour in the state.
The Governor expressed displeasure over the action of the EFCC to freeze the account of the Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, meant to take care of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in the state. He also questioned the rationale behind the action of the anti-graft agency, stating that the funds in the account were donations from individuals and corporate organizations who were deeply concerned about the plight of the IDPs.
According to the Governor, the anti-corruption agency has exhibited the height of impunity by its selective war against financial crimes in the country, saying a situation where the EFCC harasses innocent citizens on politically motivated grounds is unacceptable.
He tasked the EFCC to beam its searchlight on corrupt serving officials in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who have turned the purchase of presidential nomination forms of the APC for the forthcoming general elections into a bazaar.
Governor Ortom also called on the Federal Government to rise to its constitutional responsibility to secure the lives and property of Nigerians, pointing out that if the country must develop economically, security is paramount.
The Governor commended the participants for choosing Benue State as part of their study tour and urged them to take the study seriously and proffer practical solutions to solving the insecurity that has bedeviled the nation.