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EFCC victimizing Ortom, says media aide



 EFCC victimizing Ortom, says media aide
Gov. Samuel Ortom


The Benue state government has condemned the freezing of the state’s account by the Economic and  Financial Crimes commission (EFCC).


Terver Akase, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, in a statement said that the governor is being victimized.


EFCC had reportedly frozen Benue government’s account for alleged diversion of N23, 088, 586, 206.Reacting to this, Akase stated that Ortom runs a transparent administration and has not diverted funds.

“Benue has suffered heavy attacks by Fulani herdsmen since the beginning of the year. Within the period, the State Government has spent a lot to legitimately support security agencies to protect the people of the state. Governor Ortom has not diverted funds. He runs a transparent administration.”


He described the act as a political witch-hunt against Governor Ortom. “Yes, it is true that accounts of the Benue State Government have been frozen by EFCC. It is part of the political witch-hunt against Governor Samuel Ortom.” Akase said.


“The action of EFCC is already having negative impact on the running of government in Benue State. It is a move that will affect salaries, pensions and other sundry payments.


“The question we are asking is; why did EFCC not investigate the Governor’s security votes when he was still a member of APC? Why start the investigation now?


“EFCC should not allow itself to be used as an attack dog unleashed against perceived political opponents.


“Let the Federal Government tell us how much it has spent on prosecuting the fight against Boko Haram and how much it spent on the other operations such as Python Dance, Crocodile Smile and Whirl Stroke.

Osinbajo, Tinubu, others welcome Akpabio to APC


 Osinbajo, Tinubu, others welcome Akpabio to APC


The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; and the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, who led over 30 senators; among other leaders of APC are at the Township Stadium in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State to receive defecting Senator Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.

Akpabio arrived at the stadium, in company with his wife, at 2:20 p.m., while other leaders of the party arrived later.

The leaders of APC were welcomed by a mammoth crowd, who patiently waited from as early as 7 a.m., for the event slated for 10 a.m., but kicked off over four hours behind schedule.

Nigeria’s Fidelity Bank has partnered with World Remit to facilitate instant money transfers

…The new partnership will expand World Remits footprints in the country…


 Nigeria's Fidelity Bank has partnered with World Remit to facilitate instant money transfers


Nigeria’s Fidelity Bank Plc has partnered with World Remit, a digital money transfer service, to facilitate instant money transfers to its 4 million customers in Nigeria.

In a statement issued by the bank, the new partnership will expand WorldRemit’s footprints in the country and allows Nigerians living in over 50 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, to send money directly from their phones to recipients in Nigeria.

It said the deal will support World Remit’s plan to serve 10 million customers connected to emerging markets by 2020.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, said World Remit was offering a low-cost way to send and receive money.

According to him, the opportunity for customers to receive money from over 50 countries in a quick, affordable and convenient manner with World Remit is in line with the bank’s promise to deliver a new standard of service in the financial services industry.

World Remit allows customers to transfer money online instantly through bank deposit and airtime credit to mobile phones around the world. In Nigeria, it currently transfer instantly to all the major banks including, Access Bank, Bank PHB, Diamond Bank, Ecobank, Enterprise Bank, FCMB, Fidelity Bank, First Bank, GTB, Heritage Bank, Jaiz Bank, Keystone Bank, Mainstreet Bank, Skye Bank, Stanbic, Sterling Bank, UBA, Union Bank, Unity Bank, WEMA Bank, Zenith Bank and more.

Remittances play an increasingly important role in Nigeria’s economy. In 2017 alone, Nigeria received over $22 billion in remittances, making it the largest recipient in Africa and fifth largest recipient globally, according to World Bank estimates.