The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen all bank accounts belonging to Akwa Ibom State government.
Reasons behind the freezing of the state government’s bank accounts by the anti-graft agency are not yet known.
Meanwhile, the state commissioner for information, Charles Udoh, said that the state government will comment on the development soon.
The report of the freezing of Akwa Ibom government accounts comes less than 24 hours after the commission froze some bank accounts of Benue government.
The freezing of Benue State Government’s accounts has sparked criticisms by many including the Chairman of the Governors Forum, Abdul’aziz Yari, who described it as unconstitutional.
Yari, who is also the governor of Zamfara State, after a closed-door meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, in Abuja on Wednesday, told journalists that the move by the EFCC was wrong.
Benue State government has described as political witch-hunt the freezing of the state accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The anti-graft agency froze the account of the state on Tuesday August 7th.
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mike Gusa, in a chat with Punch, confirmed the action of the EFCC, describing it as a direct attack on the state governor, Samuel Ortom, who recently defected from APC to PDP.
“Yes, it is true that the accounts of the Benue State Government have been frozen by the EFCC. It is part of the political witch-hunt against Governor Samuel Ortom. The action of the EFCC is already having a 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 the EFCC not investigate the Governor’s security votes when he was still a member of the APC? Why start the investigation now?