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Ortom Tells FG To Account For The $1 Billion Security Fund

Ortom Tells FG To Account For The $1 Billion Security Fund

Ortom Tells FG To Account For The $1 Billion Security Fund

Ortom Tells FG To Account For The $1 Billion Security Fund

The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, challenged the federal government on Tuesday to account for the $1 billion security funding that the nation’s 36 states had pooled together to combat insurgency.

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Shortly before the State Security Council meeting began, Ortom made this statement to reporters at the Government House in Makurdi.

The governor questioned what the federal government had done with the money used to fund the country’s growing insecurity.

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Ortom said he had mandated his deputy, Benson Abounu, who represented him at a virtual meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum, to seek clarifications on the matter.

Ortom Tells FG To Account For The $1 Billion Security Fund

He said,

“What have they done with the $1bn 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.”

While emphasizing that the primary responsibility of any responsible government is to ensure the safety of lives and property, the governor said the situation where innocent Nigerians are left at the mercy of terrorists was unacceptable.

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He said,

“We must not allow this to continue, it is very painful to see the country where it is today.”

The governor affirmed that security issues should be the concern of all. Noting that it should not be tailored along political lines as the protection of lives and property of citizens ought to be prioritized.


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