The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and two commercial banks to have been summoned to appear before it over the Federal High Court over the recent alleged freezing of the state government accounts. It is alleged that on August, 7, 2018, EFCC ordered the freezing of Benue State Government’s accounts in UBA and Fidelity banks. The government claims that the action adversely affects the running of its activities.
In a writ of summons issued by the court on Thursday, the EFCC and the two banks mentioned above explain why they carried out the said action. They were given 30 days to do so.
The Government of Benue State, through the office of Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice had approached the court seeking a declaration that the EFCC acted against the law when it directed the banks to freeze its accounts, denying the government the right to operate and transact on the affected accounts.
The state government cited a case of unlawfully expanding jurisdiction in the suit, saying that a state government’s account maintained with any bank or financial institution in Nigeria does not fall within the class of bank accounts liable to be frozen by EFCC.
The State Government also demanded N30 billion from the defendants as damages suffered during the periods the accounts were frozen. The hearing for the case has been scheduled for October 8, 2018.