By Tahav Agerzua

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom has refuted a story in an online publication that he and another aide of the Governor carted away $18 million to stash abroad.
Mr. Terver Akase, in a statement demanded proof from those who made the allegations.
Photo caption: Mr Akase at a farm in Germany

"The law places the onus of proof on the person who alleges. Ask the author of the piece to tell us how a whooping $18 million was conveyed to the foreign land that it escaped the view of law enforcement agents at the air and seaports?" He stated.
"You see, the Ortom administration is different from the immediate past government which believed in laundering of money. Governor Ortom does not have a foreign bank account and he is not considering operating one in the future."
According to him "it is therefore laughable for Aare Abiodun Oluwarotimi of the Nigeria Concord to allege that the Governor gave Reverend Peter Ichull and I $18 million for laundering. Does this Aare of a man know how much that figure will amount to in naira? Even in the dark days of PDP, $18 million would have attracted the attention of security operatives at the airport, not to mention this change era when institutions of government have come alive and are doing what they should do."
He said Governor Ortom was originally scheduled to attend the events but when the cost of his trip was brought to him, he instantly declined approval stating that he would rather use the funds for other official purposes like payment of salaries.
"Governor Ortom did not give Ichull and I money for laundering or for any other illegal purpose," he insisted, adding that "the burden of proof, as I earlier stated, lies on the person who made the allegation."

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