EFCC Freezes Accounts of Akwa Ibom Government

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday froze the bank accounts of the Akwa Ibom state government.

A top official of the government said state authorities only learnt of the development today, and there were no prior indications from the anti-graft agency.

The source said Udom Emmanuel, the governor, and accountant-general of the state were shocked by the development.

“The governor was shocked when he was briefed about the development,” the source said.

“He has demanded explanation from the EFCC. Our suspicion is that our big friend who just departed is behind the issue but we will fight this injustice.”

The decision to freeze the Akwa Ibom government accounts happened 24 hours after the commission blocked those of the Benue State government.

Governor Samuel Ortom had cried over the shocking decision which has further imperilled a state beset by hardship following months of deadly attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen.

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