EFCC uncovers N100m paid by Benue state gov’t to Boko Haram Suspect, as Gov Ortom pleads for fairness
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has uncovered how Benue State Government led by Governor Samuel Ortom, allegedly paid N80million into the account of a Boko Haram suspect Aliyu Yaminu, who is nicknamed Tershaku.
Tershaku, who was arrested by the Nigerian Army in April and has since been in custody over the murder of 2 Catholic priests and 17 parishioners in Mbalom, Benue state.
The EFCC said: “Between December 20, 2017 and April 6, 2018, the Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAC) has been remitting N20million to the account of Al-Tershaku Global Security Limited allegedly owned by Tershaku. JAC posted N80million to this account as at the time of Tershaku’s arrest. This is aside suspicious cash lodgments by Tershaku himself into the company’s account.”
The Comission is also investigating the state government over the handling of N22 billion worth of security funds, amongst other allegations of financial misappropriation involving 21 members of the state house of assembly.
Speaking on behalf of Governor Samuel Ortom, His Chief Press Secretary Mr. Tever Akase called for a fair investigation.
Akase who spoke via a telephone said: “The point is that Governor Ortom’s government is transparent. He has nothing to hide. Since he became the governor, every year he published the statement of account in national newspapers.
“This is to show that he has nothing to hide. So we welcome the EFCC investigation. This is anti-graft and we believe they are doing their job. However, we are asking that they should be fair in their investigation. A man who is suspected is not guilty until he is found guilty.
The EFCC however said, “We owe Nigerians a duty to see to the conclusion of this investigation.”