Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Tuesday insisted that his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam, sold the state’s shares in Benue Cement Company at the sum of N8.3 billion but lied to the citizens that the shares were intact.
Ortom told Daily Trust that he would deploy legal means to ensure that Suswam accounted for the state’s assets.
“We are not afraid of their (Suswam) antics because that is what they have been doing even when they were here,” he said.
They only tell you people (journalists) lies. Did the former governor not come out through his media adviser to deny that shares in Benue Cement were sold? Did you not hear it?
“Why would the governor deny that shares were sold? We have the confirmation. I have the records, shares worth N8.3 billion were sold.
“So how can government sell shares and come to tell the public that it did not sell? And what did he do with the money?
“These are the issues that must be unraveled, we must correct it because we have no other state than Benue,” he said.