Or­tom de­nies in­flat­ing bailout fund

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Gover­nor Sa­muel Or­tom of Benue State yesterday de­nied in­sin­u­a­tions mak­ing the rounds that his ad­min­is­tra­tion had in­flated the bailout fund for the state with the mo­tive of si­phon­ing money for self­ish pur­poses.

Re­act­ing to the al­le­ga­tion on be­half of the gover­nor, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Media and ICT, Mr Terver Akase, told jour­nal­ists in Makurdi that the al­le­ga­tions were base­less, mis­chievous and un­founded.

“The fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions al­ready have the fig­ures com­puted for the bailout fund and they are not con­tra­dic­tory. So, any in­sin­u­a­tion that the amount was in­flated is fake. Though all nec­es­sary pa­per work to ac­cess the money has been com­pleted. The bailout fund has not yet been re­leased to Benue. The Cen­tral Bank of Nige­ria (CBN) is yet to credit the state’s ac­count,” he said.

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