FEDERAL commissioner of Public Complaints Commission in Benue State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has stated that a petition containing money laundering allegation against Governor Samuel Ortom to the tune of N2.4billion was forwarded from his office to the headquarters and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Abuja for proper investigation.
Tsav disclosed this to our correspondent who probed the allegation that had been making the rounds in the state in which the governor accused the former commissioner of police of inciting the public against him.
According to Tsav, “as a commissioner of Public Complaints Commission in Benue, I receive a lot of complaints about the activities of people both in government and private sectors; when this petition got to my office and I discovered that it is very weighty, what I did was to forward it to our headquarters in Abuja and also EFCC office for further investigation.”
The sum of N2.4 billion, according to the report was alleged to have been paid into a federal lawmaker’s account on behalf of the governor to launder for him.
The governor and the lawmaker at separate fora had denied such allegation, with the governor accusing Tsav of inciting people against him, while the federal lawmaker representing Ukum/Katsina Ala/Logo federal constituency, Honourable Emmanuel Udende, told our correspondent on phone that “it was a blatant lie,” adding that he would find time to address the media on the issue.
Governor Ortom at the meeting with dissolved council chairmen and Director General Service and Administration (DGSA) from the 23 local government areas of the state last week said, “I learnt that the old man, Tsav, was the one who reported me to EFCC that I diverted N2.4 billion through someone. This came to me as a surprise, if not that the man is an old man; I would have said he is a useless old man.”
All efforts to get the House of Representatives member, Emmanuel Udende during the Sallah holiday were futile but he later sent a message to our correspondent saying: “my brother, I have an emergency and had travelled out of the country.”
Tsav noted that despite the fact that the immunity of the governor may prevent him from being arrested, there was hope that the anti graft commission would investigate the matter, adding that “others involved will surely be investigated and if possible arrested soon.
“I expected him to pray thus, ‘forgive me my sin, put me on the right path and grant me wisdom to rule over the people.’ This is better, rather than dramatising the whole situation,” he said.