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Corruption: EFCC Unfreezes Benue State Account

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

In accordance to the rule of law, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has unfreeze the bank accounts of Benue State Government.

The anti-graft agency had earlier restricted movements of funds in the account on Wednesday. The accounts of Akwa Ibom State Government was also frozen.

The removal of the restriction from the accounts of Benue State was disclosed by Terver Akase, the spokesman to the state governor, Samuel Ortom.

Our correspondence could not reach to EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, to explain why the accounts were frozen.
As at the time of filing this report, our medium has not verify if the restriction placed on the account of Akwa Ibom has been lifted.

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Shocking As EFCC Arrests Ex DSS DG Ekpenyong

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By Abdullahi Mohammeed

It was a shocking situation, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested a former Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) Ita Ekpenyong.
Mr Ekpenyong was arrested after operatives of the anti-graft agency raided his Abuja home located at Asokoro in the federal capital territory.

Details of his arrest are still sketchy as at press time.

The former DG of the DSS was the head of the security agency during the reign of former president Goodluck Jonathan as the Nigerian leader at the time.

An attempt previously made to search the raided property in November 2017 met brick wall as the recently oust DG of the DSS, Lawal Daura, had prevented the anti-graft agency from carrying out their duty which sparked a stand-off that nearly turned fatal between DSS and EFCC operatives.

The spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, has been unreachable for comments on this story as calls placed to his telephone numbers indicated it was switched off.

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Despite Allegatios of Corruption EFCC Could Not Prosecute Me- Akpabio

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

In a reaction to an alleged mismanagement of public funds, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has stated why the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), could not prosecute him despite allegations of corruption levelled against him.

Mr Akpabio, a serving senator, had ruled Akwa Ibom State from May 2007 to May 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).

The former governor was being investigated by the EFCC for alleged gift of N1.4bn to a bank for unknown reasons.

Akpabio had also being probed on allegations of embezzling N108bn during his tenure between 2007 and 2015.

But the lawmaker defecting to the All Progressive Congress (APC) on Wednesday stated that he was innocent as nothing incriminating was found on him during the investigation carried out by the anti-graft agency.

“Some people are saying I moved to APC because a gun was pointed on my head. A young man wrote a petition against me and the petition was filled with lies… I have never been charged to court… The EFCC did not find anything on me,” Akpabio said while addressing his supporters at a rally organised to receive him into the APC at the Ikot Ekpene Township stadium.

“For those who said I am a traitor, I will never be a traitor. Those who are ganging up to stop the government of the day, we won’t see election if we follow them. We won’t see February 2019,” he added.

The former governor also said his defection to the APC is for the interest of the state and the Niger Delta region.

“Our people should be part and parcel of Nigeria. We don’t believe in segregation. The region as a minority cannot stand on its own.

“The south-south having the major resources of this country should also partake in the sharing of the resources. What I have done today is to take the people of the south-south to the centre; to link Akwa Ibom to the centre,” added.

Akpabio also said he was joining the APC to sweep away poverty from the lives of the residents of the state.

“As I speak to you now, those who are from the national assembly are all here. Thousands of you all were in PDP yesterday, are you not in APC today? I accept this broom to sweep away poverty form your life.”

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Breaking : EFCC Freezes Bank Accounts Of Benue, Akwa Ibom

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

It was a shocking revelation as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen the bank accounts of the State Governments of Benue and Akwa Ibom.

This was made known by officials of the two state governments.

Attempts to get EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, yesterday to explain why the accounts were frozen, failed.

Many reports stated that, the accounts were frozen after the EFCC made efforts to invite some officials of government to make statements on suspicious transactions on the bank accounts, but invitations were not honoured.

Governors Condemn Freezing Of Govt Accounts

Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and Zamfara State Governor Abdul’aziz Yari has described the freezing of the account of the Benue State Government by the EFCC as unlawful.

Yari spoke yesterday when he met with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

“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 EFCC has frozen the account, from my point of view, it is wrong.

“But I believe this government will not sit down and oversee unlawful operations happening from the security agencies.

“From what happened yesterday, someone can understand that this government is following due process and laws of Nigeria.

“EFCC’s action in Benue is something that should be reversed,” he said.

PDP Calls For Immediate Unfreezing of Accounts

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday called for immediate unfreezing of the accounts belonging to the two state.

The two states are governed by the PDP.

The opposition party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to immediately order the EFCC to unfreeze the accounts.

He described the action of the anti-graft agency as a direct attack on innocent Nigerians in the two states.

Mr Ologbondiyan described the action as illegal, unconstitutional, overtly wicked and unjustifiable under any laws and practice of Nigeria.

“Nigerians are all aware that no section of our constitution or any law in Nigeria for that matter confers any agency of the federal government with powers to interfere or put any restrictions on funds belonging or accruable to states as federating units of our nation,” the party said.

“Apart from its state assembly, no other government body or institution has the powers of appropriation or restrictions on any funds belonging to the state,” PDP said.

The party also advised the presidency not to hide under the EFCC to unleash punishment and hardship on the people in states perceived to be opposed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2019 re-election bid.

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