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Gov. Ortom to Benue Speaker “You are on your own”
Samuel Ortom, Benue State Governor

Gov. Ortom to Benue Speaker “You are on your own”

The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday ‎said that the embattled Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Emmanuel Ayua, will face the law and won’t be shielded.

The Speaker and some members of the state assembly ‎are being investigated for corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the governor vowed not to take sides with anyone accused of tampering with state funds

He noted that corruption and waste, which resulted in inadequate funds, have hampered his administration.

He said: “Yes it is a good thing, it is part of the process, they are under investigation by the EFCC. From day one I brought up a slogan that ‘If you chop money, money will chop you.’ We have to be careful and I have sent signals to all that nobody is above the law. If you do it wrong you will go your own way.

“As far as I’m concerned they are under investigation. Let’s see the outcome we would have. As far as I’m concerned, my government will not shied anybody who is corrupt and who is found wanting.

“From myself as governor and every other lieutenant are open to scrutiny. There is freedom of information act and people are allowed to get information from these sources. The only thing is that there is no point telling lies and peddling falsehood against leaders, like I heard somebody said we transferred $2.4 billion dollars to an account.

“Which account? Where is the money? Money that I don’t have to do local government election, or to pay salaries. If I have it, won’t I pay them?”

He added: “So it is allowed. EFCC is an agency that is charged to investigate and where somebody is found culpable, you prosecute. So they are free to do their job in Benue State. I have given free hand to ICPC and EFCC, and even for me I am doing independent prosecution of those who are corrupt.”

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