CHAIRMAN of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, and governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has said freezing accounts of Benue State government by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was an attempt to shut down the state.
Governor Yari also described the action of EFCC as unconstitutional and wrong, especially as the state was still battling with security challenges. Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, Yari said the Federal Government should not allow security agencies to become lawless. 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, especially Benue that is facing insecurity challenges.
Also, EFCC shocks Akpabio, says corruption case not closed
Akpabio had said that he was a man of peace that had no case to answer with the EFCC, adding that the young man who wrote petition against him to the commission could not prove his case
“Those petitions to the EFCC have been sorted out. As I stand today, I have not been charged to court because nothing was found against me,” Akpabio said.
However, the spokesman for the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, while responding to Akpabio’s claim, said his case was still ongoing.
When asked by Punch if Akpabio was still under probe, the EFCC spokesman said, “EFCC does not close cases or give clearance to anybody.”
In 2015, Akpabio was accused of diverting over N100bn from the oil-rich state between 2007 and 2015, an allegation which he has denied.
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