• Declares Restitution For Amnesty
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom today officially opened up on why his administration has refused to extend its probe to the period when former Minority leader, Senator George Akume held sway as governor.
Ortom who has been severally challenged by the his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam and his supporters for limiting his inquisition to the Suswam regime alone, informed that his inability to probe Akume is based on the reason that he was not handed over to by the latter and thus does not know what was contained in the handover notes.
The state governor who said this today at the banquet hall of the Benue Peoples House during the Benue State stakeholders forum, said it was the responsibility of the person who recieved handover notes to question tha administration if he saw anything wrong.
” I did not receive handover notes of from 1999-2007 and cannot probe that period. I only recieved handover notes of from 2007-2015. I cannot probe a period I know nothing about”. Ortom said.
Meanwhile, the governor declared that his administration is willing to forgive anyone who has agreed to restitution by returning whatever monies they took illegally from the state coffers while assuring that the probes instituted by his government are not intended to witch hunt anyone but rather clarify gray issues and also inquire into the actual financial position of the state with an aim to retrieving monies that have been proven to be embezzled.
At the meeting which was attended by stakeholders selected across political party lines, Chief Abu King Shuluwa a Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) stalwart also commended the governor for his commitment to probity while also stating his party’s support for the ongoing probe.
Hear him: ” On corruption, you are doing well. Any body who has stolen Benue money should be made to bring back the money. If Jack Tilley Gyado has for instance taken Benue money, he should be made to bring back the money”.
It can be noted that the ongoing probe which has been stalled by a court order, had been a subject of discussion and criticism by cronies of the former State governor who have described it as a witch hunt against their boss.