The Benue State Government has accused the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari of prosecurting an evil agenda to “cripple the state” following the defection of Governor Samuel Ortom from the ruling APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Mr. Terver Akase, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ortom said this on Wednesday, while reacting to the freezing of the account of Benue State Government by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
He confirmed the freezing of the said account, saying it is part of the evil agenda to cripple the state.
“Yes, it is true that accounts of the Benue State Government have been frozen by EFCC.
“It is part of the political witch-hunt against Governor Ortom and evil agenda to cripple the state. It is only in Benue that the EFCC is probing the security vote of the governor,” Akase said.
” The action of EFCC is already having negative impact on the running of government in Benue State. It is a move that will affect salaries, pensions and other sundry payments.”
According to him, the anti-graft agency has not come up with a reason for the action.
He added, “The question we are asking is; why did EFCC not investigate the Governor’s security votes when he was still a member of APC? Why start the investigation now?
“EFCC should not allow itself to be used as an attack dog unleashed against perceived political opponents.
“Let the Federal Government tell us how much it has spent on prosecuting the fight against Boko Haram and how much it spent on the other operations such as Python Dance, Crocodile Smile and Whirl Stroke.
“Benue has suffered heavy attacks by Fulani herdsmen since the beginning of the year. Within the period, the State Government has spent a lot to legitimately support security agencies to protect the people of the state. Governor Ortom has not diverted funds. He runs a transparent administration.
“We welcome the investigation, but as I said earlier, it should start from the Presidency and go across the 36 states. Benue should not be singled out for victimization, intimidation and harassment as the Federal Government with its agencies is currently doing.”
It is understood that the anti-graft agency gave the order freezing the account n Tuesday night.
This comes few days after Ortom dumped the All Progressives Congress.