EFCC grills Ortom’s aide over N42m fraud

Samuel Ortom

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Makurdi Zonal Office, has begun investigating allegations of misappropriation of N42 million involving an aide of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

In a statement on Thursday, the EFCC said Mr Hembah, a retired lieutenant colonel and special adviser on security matters to the governor, was quizzed for over six hours on Wednesday.

He is alleged to have transferred N42 million from the official account of his office to his personal bank account on July 12, 2019, and withdrew in cash on the same day.

The said amount was meant for disbursement to Benue State Vigilante Group (BSVG).

Hembah is also alleged to have, between October 2018 and May 2020, paid the N20 million monthly allocation meant for BSVG into the personal account of the group’s commandant, George Mbessey, instead of using the official account of the group.

The EFCC said the governor’s aide would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The EFCC, on May 27, arrested Mr Mbessey in connection with alleged mismanagement of N449.5 million meant for the BSVG.