Gov Ortom to FG: Account for $1billion Security Fund Contributed By States

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Given the worsening insecurity in the country, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked the Federal Government to account for the $1billion security funds jointly contributed by the 36 states of the federation to fight insurgency.

The Governor who wondered what the Federal Government had done with the money that insecurity had continued to escalate across the country mandated the State Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, who represented him at a virtual meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF to seek clarifications on the matter.

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The benue State helmsman spoke shortly before he presided over the State Security Council meeting in Makurdi, the Governor asked, yesterday.

His words: “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.

“The situation where innocent Nigerians are left at the mercy of vicious terrorists is unacceptable. We must not allow this to continue.”

Ortom commended the sacrifices of security operatives in the state and acknowledged the challenges security officers in the State face in the discharge of their duties.

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