Account For $1Bn Security Funds From States – Benue State Governor Ortom Challenges FG

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The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has challenged the Federal Government to give account of the one billion dollars security funds jointly put together by the 36 states of the federation to fight insurgency in the country.

Governor Ortom threw the challenge Tuesday July 26th, 2022 while addressing journalists at Benue Peoples House, Makurdi shortly before the commencement of the State Security Council meeting.

He wondered what the Federal Government has done with the money that insecurity has continued to escalate in the country.

The Governor mandated the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu who represented him at a virtual meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF to seek clarifications on the matter.

“What have they done with the one billion dollars the Governors Forum gave on behalf of the local governments for security? That money is huge. What have they done with the money that terrorists will kidnap citizens without any rescue mission?

“It is even more worrisome and unthinkable that terrorists will threaten to kidnap our President. If that happens, that means we have no country again,”

Governor Ortom lamented.

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