BY MAYOWA SAMUEL
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has lambasted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for arresting the Director General of the People’s Democratic Party Campaign Council, Cletus Tyokyar for being in possession of N100,000.
Confirming the arrest on Saturday, Ortom said that the party DG campaign was arrested within the local government in the morning.
The governor described the anti-graft agency as an agent of destabilisation, stating that what was found on him was a paltry sum of N100,000.
He said, “This is a shame, the EFCC officials this morning in Guma here arrested our DG campaign because they found just N100,000 on him.
“EFCC is becoming an agent of destabilisation. Why should they pick somebody because of N100,000? Personally, I have more than that.”
Ortom, who spoke to journalists after casting his vote at his polling unit R16 within the premises of Government Science and Technical College, Gbanjimba, headquarters of the Guma local government area, lamented that the whole council ward had to be transferred to polling units in the area as a result of insecurity in other areas of the state.
No fewer than 17 polling units were within the premises of the college.
The governor however commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for the conduct of the election and the massive turnout in the state.
When contacted, the spokesman for the EFCC in the state, Bayo Adeniran, said the case was under investigation.
“The case is under investigation please,” he said in a text message.