Thursday, 25 August 2016

Benue Lawmakers refunding car loans to EFCC – Ortom

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Governor Samuel Or­tom of Benue state has said that 22 state legis­lators have started refunding car loans they collected for personal vehicles.

They are refunding the money to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ortom said on Tuesday in Makurdi when he host­ed youths of Turan in Kwan­de local government council, that they were expected to re­fund N317 million to the an­ti-graft agency.

He said the refund was ne­cessitated by the shoddy man­ner in which the loans were disbursed to the lawmakers.

The governor regretted that the process fell short of best practices required in such fi­nancial transactions. Ortom explained that out of the number, 12 legislators were from the People’s Democrat­ic Party (PDP) while 10 were from the All Progressive Con­gress (APC). He regretted that the due process was jettisoned in the car purchase contract which led to the lodgments of cash deposits into the accounts of the legislators for the purpose of direct purchase of the cars.

“After the Executive Council approved the contract for the procurement of Prado Jeeps for the assembly members, only eight were procured.” He said the contractor blamed his inability to pur­chase the remaining 22 ve­hicles on the high cost of the Dollar.

“Instead of the contractor to get back to the government, he decided to meet the members directly, who opted for cash.
“The EFCC after studying the contract document or­dered the 22 members, who collected cash to refund the money to the commission as due process was not followed”.

EFCC had over the past one month, played host to Benue legislators, including its lead­ership, in their role in the loan disbursement saga.

Ortom also assured that his former amnesty boss, Terwase Akwaza, who was fleeing from arrest over his alleged role in the killing of his security aide would be arrested and brought to book.

He said more than 60 of his gang members had been ar­rested for various crimes in the state.

NAN.

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