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EFCC unfreeze Benue and Akwa Ibom States bank accounts

EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly lifted restrictions on the bank accounts of the Governments of Benue and Akwa Ibom States.

The state governments had raised alarm over the restrictions placed on their bank accounts, which had stopped workers salaries and pensions, as well as crippled other public activities in the states.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State had on Thursday confirmed that the bank accounts of the state were fully active. He expressed gratitude to the people of Nigeria for helping him put pressure on the anti-graft.

He further stated that the EFCC only wanted to victimize him for dumping the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

However, the Akwa Ibom State Commission for Information, Mr. Charles Udoh, said that only some of the states accounts have been unfrozen.

The EFCC had following the defection of Mr. Ortom to the PDP accused him of N22billion fraud. The state bank accounts in GTBank, Fidelity Bank and First Bank were frozen by the EFCC to carry out investigations.

For Akwa Ibom, the state accounts were frozen just after a former governor of the state, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who was a Senate Minority Leader, dumped the PDP for the ruling APC.

Akpabio’s defection came as a shock to the party. But he however noted that Nigeria needs to be rescued and he had figured out that President Muhammadu Buhari is a man of integrity, so he decided to join him in salvaging the nation.

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