Benue govt says EFCC even wants to read security council minutes, alleges witch-hunt


Is the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) empowered to obtain minutes of a state government’s security council meetings? Now, the Samuel Ortom-led Benue State government seems to be further embattled, and has cried out, saying the EFCC may have been unleashed on its officials.

A terse statement by the Cief Press Secretary (CPS), Terve Akase, said; “The level at which EFCC is pushing its persecution of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom is ridiculous. No day passes without the commission adding one more angle to their harassment of Benue officials.

”Their latest move is the demand for minutes of the Benue State Security Council meetings. Does the statutory mandate of the commission include regulation of states’ security affairs?

”We wonder why Benue is being singled out for witchunt. Is Governor Ortom the first sitting Governor to defect to another political party? Why is his case different?”

(Source: Terver Akase, Chief Press Secretary)