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Ortom alleges threat to life, indicts FG

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[File] Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has alleged that the Federal Government is planning to eliminate him, saying Nigerians should hold the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government responsible should anything untoward happen to him.

He said this in Abuja yesterday, while briefing the media on key developments in Benue, just as he accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of persecuting him for defecting from APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“If I die today, the Federal Government should be held responsible because they are planning to eliminate me. I am not going to stop. I will continue to defend my people.

“I know that I am being persecuted because the cabal does not like me. They do all kind of things. EFCC has been chasing me and my staff members for the past 10 months. I have not done anything wrong, but the persecution is so much that they are now threatening my life,” he said.

He also disclosed that apart from pensions, he has been able to settle salary arrears of workers since January 2018.

On President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, he said he was not surprised that the Presidency claimed that Buhari was not aware of the development.

“Is it the first time that Mr. President is not aware of something? When we were attacked and he directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to relocate to Benue State and the man went to Nasarawa and when he came we confronted him, he said he was not aware. And there are many other things that the President is not aware of.

“Even when the CJN was to be arraigned, was Mr. President aware? Vice President Yemi Osinbajo told Nigerians that Mr. President was not aware. Did you not hear him? Or did you not read it on the pages of newspapers?

“So, maybe he is not aware of this one too and because I have not met him personally, I want to assume that he may truly not be aware. I am not holding brief for him. So, you journalists too can help us get him to be aware,” he stated.


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