The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen the bank accounts of the Benue and Akwa Ibom State governments
Channels Television reports that the freezing of the accounts by the anti-graft agency was a result of investigations which indicated alleged abuse of Benue State’s security funds.
There were concerns that if the accounts remain frozen, the state government might find it difficult to meet its financial obligations, especially the payment of salaries to workers in the state.
However, the State government described the action of the EFCC as part of alleged plots to frustrate its efforts after Governor Ortom left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for PDP.
In the case of Akwa Ibom State, the Cable reports that the freezing of Akwa Ibom government accounts happened 24 hours after the commission blocked those of Benue government.
The anti-graft body is yet to give any reason for the action which Udom Emmanuel, the governor, and accountant-general of the state utter shock.
According to a government house source, the reason for the EFCC’s action may be connected with Senator Akpabio’s demands of two billion naira monthly from the State coffer which Governor Udom Emmanuel has been refusing to comply severally. This made Akpabio to urge the EFCC to freeze the State Accounts to enable him negotiate for his payment with the state government.