Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo may have prevailed on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC to immediately unfreeze the accounts of Benue State government to avoid further embarrassment for the present administration, World Street Journal can authoritatively report.
Impeccable presidency sources confided in our correspondent that the Ag president was a bit miffed that the purported freezing of the embattled state government’s account had exacerbated the already poor rule of law record of the Buhari government.
It was gathered that the Ag President assured the chairman of the governors’ forum, Alhaji Abubakar Yari who paid a visit to him to lodge his complaint about the situation in Benue State. The Zamfara State governor, it was learnt, pleaded with the Ag President to prevail on EFCC to unfreeze the Benue State government accounts.
WSJ further gathered that the Ag President immediately requested for explanation from the anti-graft agency on the rationale behind the freezing of the Benue State accounts as well as that of the Akwa Ibom State.
The decision was however, reached between the Ag President and EFCC on the need to unfreeze the accounts forthwith to save the government of negative backlash from both within and outside the country.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) however, on Thursday unfroze the bank accounts of the Benue State government. while it denied freezing that of the Akwa Ibom State government.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr Terver Akase, confirmed that the account of his state government has been unfrozen.
Benue state government accounts were reported frozen by the EFCC on Tuesday. The anti-graft agency has, however, yet to speak in the reasons for its decision.
Akase condemned the action noting that it was not wise to dislocate the state financially due to the security situation in Benue.
“If EFCC freezes the accounts of any state government, Benue or anywhere else, I think it is unconstitutional, it is not right, because you are shutting down government.
“Government must spend, more especially Benue where there are issues of insecurity.