- Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara says it is wrong for the EFCC to freeze the accounts of any state government
- He described the freezing of the Benue govt accounts as unconstitutional and tantamount to shutting down the government
- Yari also reacted to the siege on the National Assembly; stating that the present administration will never oversee an unlawful activity by any security agency
The governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, says it is unconstitutional and wrong for government accounts to be frozen.
Yari, who is also the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), made the comment in a statement released on Wednesday, August 8, in reaction to the freezing of bank accounts belonging to Benue state by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), The Cable reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the governor described the action as tantamount to shutting down the government.
He said: “The freezing of any account of the state government; whether Benue or anywhere, is unconstitutional and is not right. That is shutting down government.
“Government must spend; most especially Benue that is facing insecurity challenges.
“Well, we don’t know why the EFCC took the action. But if indeed EFFC froze the account, from my point of view, it is wrong.”
He also reacted to the recent siege on the National Assembly by operatives of the DSS, stating: “This government will not sit down and oversee unlawful operation from the security agencies.
“From what happened yesterday, everyone can understand that government is following due process and the laws of Nigeria.
“For one to just send security agencies to shut down the National Assembly, and the action that followed, that is what gave credit to this government by the local and international community.
“A similar thing had happened in 2011 and 2014 respectively, but nothing was done about it. This time around, government said enough is enough. The government of Muhammadu Buhari is following due process and will never oversee an unlawful activity by any security agency.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission froze the bank accounts belonging to the government of Benue state after it was said to have secured a court order for this.
The government’s accounts were frozen on the claim that Governor Samuel Ortom’s security vote was being investigated.
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