EFCC can’t “freeze” public treasuries (vanguard)

EFCC can’t “freeze” public treasuries (vanguard)

While the nation is still smarting from the illegal siege to the National Assembly Complex by armed and hooded men of the Directorate of State Services, DSS, which led to the summary dismissal of its Director-General,  Lawal Daura, another Federal agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has embarked on some highly questionable adventures against some states.

Ikoyi cash seized by EFCC Operatives of the Commission froze the accounts of the Benue State Government in several banks on the pretext that it was investigating alleged misappropriation of N22 billion security vote by the State Governor, Samuel Ortom who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

Again, shortly after the defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio from the PDP to the APC on Wednesday, 8th August 2018, the Akwa Ibom State Government announced that the EFCC had also frozen its accounts, though the anti-graft Agency quickly denied it. The question is: does the EFCC have the power to freeze accounts belonging to the States or Local governments?

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