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EFCC To Grill Benue Governor Over N22bn Fraud

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EFCC To Grill Benue Governor Over N22bn Fraud

Ortom Accused Of Misappropriation Of Fund

As gathered by NIGERIA NEWS, the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom have been accused of being linked to a N22bn fraud.

NIGERIA NEWS also recalls that Samuel Ortom had no links to fraud and this is coming up after he dumped the ruling party, APC.

The anti-graft agency released a report to buttress their claims as regards the Benue State Governor which reads,”the governor, between June 30, 2015 and March 2019, ordered the withdrawal of N21.3bn from four government’s accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank, First Bank of Nigeria and the United Bank for Africa.”

“On paper, about N19bn out of the money was said to be meant for the payment of six security agencies that had been deployed in the state to address the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.”

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“Less than N3bn of the money was paid to the security agencies while the remainder could not be accounted for.”

“We investigated four bank accounts belonging to two Benue State Government’s agencies. The first agency is the Benue State Government House which has an account in UBA with number 1017348051 and another account in GTB with number 0027952907. These accounts received N1, 916, 635, 206 from the state’s allocation between June 30, 2015 and March 2019.”

“The second government agency is the Bureau of Internal Affairs and Special Services. The agency has an account with UBA with number 1007540119 and a First Bank account with number 2023788057. Between the same period, the accounts were credited with N19, 468, 951, 590 from the Benue State allocation.”

“The anti-graft agency said one person identified as Oliver Ntom, withdrew over N19bn from the account of the Bureau of Internal Affairs and Special Services based on the instructions of the Permanent Secretary, Boniface Nyaakor.”

 “The money, which was allegedly withdrawn under the pretext of security votes, was said to have been diverted while the memos written in respect of the withdrawal were destroyed.

“Investigations revealed that N19bn was withdrawn by one Oliver Ntom, a cashier. Sometimes, in a day, he would withdraw as high as N500m by cashing several cheques worth N10m each.”

“The permanent secretary upon interrogation said anytime security agencies requested funds, he would approach Governor Ortom who would ask him to write a memo to that effect. The permanent secretary would write and the governor would approve the money.”

“The permanent secretary said the funds are usually given to six security agencies. He said the highest that any security agency gets is N10m a month while the least any of the agencies gets is N5m a month.”

“He said after the money has been released, the governor usually orders that the memo be torn to pieces. It is important to note that if a total of N60m is given to all the security agencies collectively every month as claimed by the permanent secretary, it cannot amount to half of N19bn in three years.”

“The funds being spent were not in the budget of the Benue State Government.”

“It further accused the governor of failing to pay salaries despite withdrawing N1.328bn from the Joint State Local Government Account in Fidelity Bank with number 5030058730.

“Investigations revealed that one John Bako, a member of one of the security outfits in Benue, withdrew N28m while one Andooi Festus, believed to be a cashier from the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs withdrew N1.3bn. They have been invited.”

 

 

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President Buhari full speech with ministers after asking them to handover

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Presidential Tribunal Today Update For Atiku Vs Buhari Case Monday 20th, May 2019

here is the full tet of Mr president, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday after requested that all ministers should hand over

NIGERIA NEWS brings you full text of the President’s speech:

Today’s Federal Executive Council meeting is the last time we will meet as a cabinet before the commencement of the second and final term of this Administration.

Our first meeting in this chamber was in November 2015. Over the past three and a half years, we worked together to deliver our campaign promises. I strongly believe that it is this teamwork that led to the successes recorded during our first term

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Some of our colleagues, with whom we started this journey, unfortunately, are not here to join us in celebrating our successes.

Specifically, I must recognise our late brother, James Ocholi SAN who passed away in a fearful motor accident with his wife, Blessing and son, Joshua only four months after being sworn in as a Minister.

I want us to all put him, and indeed his family, in our memory. He was a true patriot committed to our CHANGE agenda.

I also acknowledge the contributions of other Council members who resigned before the completion of our tenure to pursue other opportunities

You will recall that when we started this journey, our country was facing numerous challenges.

We inherited a broken economy which eventually went into recession in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. The situation was further compounded by insecurity and massive corruption.

Many would have given up. Indeed, many outside commentators said our situation was well nigh hopeless. However, we all came together and pushed forward to deliver our campaign promise to rescue our country from its parlous state.

Although we all had a common vision, we frequently had heated debates in this room on the best way to achieve our goals. These differing views are what made the decisions we took all the more rational.

It is this quality that made me retain my cabinet for the full term. Each of you in this room has a unique skill and strength. We are a reflection of the Nigeria we aspire to achieve. A diverse but tolerant nation where no one is silenced and where every opinion should be heard and considered

I want you all to leave this meeting proud to have served your nation to the best of your ability.

You should be proud to have been part of the Government that liberated the local governments previously under Boko Haram rule.

You should be proud to have contributed to our food security and economic diversification agenda which led to the revival of our rural agrarian economy

You should be proud to have been part of the team that developed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan which led Nigeria exiting its worst recession in decades

You should be proud to have introduced the social investment program that enhanced livelihoods of millions of Nigerians.

You should be proud to have participated in settling outstanding pensions of many senior citizens abandoned by previous governments while supporting state governments to meet their salary arrears.

And of course, you should all be proud to have overseen the most ambitious road, rail and airport rehabilitation programs in the history of our country.

I want to put on record, that your achievements in the last three and a half hears has guaranteed your position in the history books of this nation. You have certainly built the foundations for an improved economy and a more purposeful government.

Although today is our last council meeting, I expect all of you to continue working until Tuesday, 28th May 2019 when you will officially hand over your schedules to your respective Permanent Secretaries. Your handing over letters should be submitted to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

I want to conclude by thanking all of you for agreeing to serve our nation during these difficult times. I want to use this opportunity to recognise the silent partners to this cabinet, your spouses, families and friends, who supported you through these years.

I wish you the very best of luck and pray for your successes, for dear families and our for country in the years ahead.

Thank you and God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Breaking: PDP Governor Endorses Gbajabiamila For 9th Assembly Speaker

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Breaking: PDP Governor Endorses Gbajabiamila For 9th Assembly Speaker

The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has endorsed Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila representing the Surulere Federal Constituency, as the speaker of the house of representative, NIGERIA NEWS reports.

Mr. Femi said he is happy for the support of the Governor as he has been soliciting for his support and the support of other elected house of representative.

The Governor pleads to the lawmaker to work in a team with Mr. Femi by not considering any political association. The All Progressives Congress, APC also preferred the candidate and ready to support him.

The Governor also urged the house of representative in the state to be in support of Mr. Femi and ensure he is successful.

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