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FG denies landing permit to UN country representative visit to Benue – Ortom

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FG denies landing permit to UN country representative visit to Benue – Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has disclosed that a team of the United Nations delegation led by the country representative who were billed to visit the state on a humanitarian visit to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Fulani herdsmen attacks were yesterday denied landing permit at the Makurdi airport on the orders of the Federal government.

The team, New Telegraph gathered were interested in carrying out an on-the-spot assessment of the plight of the displaced persons in the designated camps as well as pry into the security and healthy challenges confronting the IDPs.

The UN team, it was further gathered were interested in knowing those behind the attacks and killing of innocent people of the state which began from January this year resulting in the killing of scores of people.

Governor Ortom disclosed this at the swearing-in ceremony of the nine newly appointed Commissioners into his cabinet at the new banquet hall of the government house in Makurdi.

“Just this morning, a delegation of the United Nations that were supposed to visit the state on humanitarian grounds were denied landing permit at the Makurdi airport”.

“My Deputy Governor, (Benson Abounu) who was at the airport to welcome the visitors, came back and told me that they were denied landing permit and this is unfortunate”.

Governor Ortom who lamented the level of corruption bedevilling the country regretted that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has become a department in the All Progressives Congress-led government.

He lamented what he called selective persecution of political opponents by the EFCC, especially those from the opposition parties, saying he will never succumb to intimidation from the anti-graft agency.

“Despite intimidation from EFCC that has become a department in APC, we are not going to be intimidated. In the past eight months, civil servants working with me were being troubled for no just cause, once you decamp from APC, EFCC comes after you”.

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  1. Ezomon Ehichioya

    November 14, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    All politicians are the same. When Ortom was in APC, the EFCC was not a department of the APC, abi? Now that you’re in PDP, the EFCC has suddenly become part of the APC? SO SAD!!!

  2. Like

    November 14, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Like!! I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest.

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