- The EFCC says contrary to reports, it did not freeze any account belonging to the Akwa Ibom state government
- It challenged those spreading the claim to provide details of the accounts allegedly frozen, the banks in which they are domiciled and the amount standing in those accounts
- According to the commission, some elements are deliberately trying to blackmail it, by boldly lying
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied reports that it froze the accounts of the Akwa Ibom state government.
The denial was made by the anti-graft agency, following claims by the Akwa Ibom commissioner for information, Charles Udoh, on Wednesday night, August 8, that the state government’s accounts had been frozen, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that without giving further details, Udoh had stated: “The state government will speak on the account freezing soon.”
However, a top EFCC official reportedly disclosed that no account belonging to the state in any bank either within or outside Nigeria had been frozen.
The official reportedly challenged those spreading the claim to provide details of the accounts allegedly frozen, the banks in which they are domiciled and the amount standing in those accounts.
According to the official, since the Akwa Ibom state government and the commission were already in court over the movements of state funds, there was no reason to freeze the accounts.
The official reportedly said: “The case is already at the Appeal Court since they challenged our powers to investigate the accounts of the state; and the matter has not yet been determined, and we cannot embark on self help.
“So, we challenge the state government to name the banks in which the accounts were reportedly frozen, the account numbers and the amount standing in the accounts to prove to the world that indeed what they are saying is true.
“We believe strongly that some elements are deliberately trying to blackmail the EFCC by boldly lying against the Commission, all in a veiled bid to drag it into politics. This is quite unfortunate and a disservice to this country.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported about allegations that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had frozen the bank accounts of the Akwa Ibom state government.
According to a top official of the government, Governor Udom Emmanuel and top officials had been shocked by the development.
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