Former Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after spending more than 10 hours at their Makurdi office. He had reported to the Zonal Office of the Commission in response to their invitation on Tuesday morning.
According to sources, the commission invited the former Governor to address allegations related to his eight-year tenure as the state’s governor. After spending the entire day at the Commission, Ortom was seen leaving the EFCC office at approximately 7:55pm in an SUV. He was accompanied by friends and associates who had been patiently waiting for his release at a nearby hotel.
Although Ortom could not be reached for comment, his media aide, Mr. Terver Akase, released a statement just before his release. The statement clarified that the former governor was not arrested by the anti-graft agency. Akase explained that Ortom visited the EFCC to comply with their invitation and emphasized that Ortom had repeatedly expressed his willingness to cooperate with anti-graft agencies, as he had nothing to hide regarding his governance of Benue State.
Meanwhile, no EFCC official provided any information about the former governor’s visit to the office.