Barely 24 hours Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) froze bank accounts owned by government of Akwa-Ibom and Benue States, the ruling All Progressives Congress-led federal government has been alleged that it is planning to use the same agency to freeze accounts of former Vice president Atiku Abubakar ahead of 2019 general elections.
Other Nigerian leaders whom their accounts have been marked to be frozen, according to former deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, include: Senate President Bukola Saraki; Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike; Sokoto State governor Aminu Tambuwal, National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondu and former governor of Kano state, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
The Benue State authorities had on Wednesday said the funds meant to pay the salaries of workers and pensioners have been frozen in commercial bank accounts, accusing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of being responsible.
Terver Akase, spokesperson to Governor Samuel Ortom, said in a statement emailed to SAHEL STANDARD that, “Accounts of the Benue State Government have been frozen by EFCC.
“It is part of the political witch-hunt against Governor Samuel Ortom. The action of EFCC is already having negative impact on the running of government in Benue State. It is a move that will affect salaries, pensions and other sundry payments.”
But the spokesperson to the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren denied involvement of the agency in the development.
Frank, who levelled allegation that APC-led government is plotting to freeze accounts of opposition leaders, also said account of the Speaker, house of representatives ,Yakubu Dogara is also marked to be frozen despite that the lawmaker hasn’t announced his defection from APC.
“Even though after serious pressures, we gathered that EFCC had unfrozen the accounts they earlier illegally step down, we are in the known that they will soon start with private individuals but whatever game plan the ruling party might be plotting against the major opposition leaders and other private individuals, Nigerians will rise against it,” he said in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday.
The Bayelsa-born politician added that apart from the major opposition leaders, some businessmen and women who are sympathetic to the opposition parties are also being targetted in the plot.
He, however, called on Nigerians and international communities not to keep silence in the face of what he described as “ongoing impunity and threat to democratic system of government in Nigeria.”
But SAHEL STANDARD has not been able to independently confirm whether the party is truly masterminding frozen of those individuals’ accounts as calls put across to Oshiomhole’s spokesperson, Simon Egbebulum was not picked.