BEVERLY HILLS, August 08, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has described as unconstitutional the freezing of the accounts of Benue Government by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, the Chairman of NGF, spoke with State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday in Abuja.
THEWILL recalls that EFCC had on Tuesday frozen the Benue state’s account which was confirmed by Terver Akase, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Samuel Ortom.
By Wednesday, the anti-graft body also froze the account of the Akwa-Ibom state government.
Reacting, Yari said that by the security situation in Benue, it was not wise to dislocate the state financially.
“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.
“So, we do not know why the EFCC took the action. I do not think it is correct, but if it is correct, then in my own point of view, it is wrong.
“But I believe this government will not sit down and oversee unlawful operations happening from the security agencies.
“From what happened yesterday, someone can understand that this government is following due process and laws of Nigeria.
“EFFC’s action in Benue is something that should be reversed,” he said.