After spending over 10 hours at the Makurdi office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, former Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom has been released by the anti graft agency.
The former Governor had reported at the Zonal Office of the Commission on Tuesday morning at about 10am, following an invitation from the office to answer allegations relating to his eight-year stewardship as governor of the state.
After spending the entire day at the Commission, the ex Governor was seen being driven out of the EFCC office at about 7:55pm, accompanied by some friends and associates who had waited patiently at a nearby hotel for his release.
In a statement he put out shortly before his release on Tuesday evening, the ex-governor’s media aide, Mr. Terver Akase, said contrary to insinuations in some sections of the media, the immediate past Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom had visited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to honour the invitation of the commission.
He added that the former governor was neither arrested nor detained at the EFCC Zonal Headquarters in Makurdi.
He also added that Ex-Governor Ortom has repeatedly said that he is available to respond to inquiries by anti-graft agencies as he has nothing to hide regarding his stewardship of Benue State.