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EFCC Unblocks Benue and Akwa Ibom State Bank Accounts

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  • EFCC Unblocks Benue and Akwa Ibom State Bank Accounts

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has finally lifted the restrictions it placed on bank accounts run by two state governments.

    The governments of Benue and Akwa Ibom States recently raised alarm that their accounts had been frozen, trapping workers’ salaries, pensions and crippling public activities.

    However, while Benue officials have confirmed unblocking of all the accounts affected, Akwa Ibom was only able to confirm a partial relaxing of limited access imposed on its accounts in commercial banks.

    “Some of them have been unfrozen, not all of them,” Akwa Ibom information commissioner Charles Udoh told PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday night.

    The confirmation comes hours after Governor Samuel Ortom confirmed in a statement that Benue State’s accounts are now fully active.

    Mr Ortom expressed his gratitude to Nigerians for helping ramp up pressure on the EFCC, reiterating his position that the EFCC was out to victimise him for leaving the ruling All Progressives Congress to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

    The state raised an alarm on Tuesday that its bank accounts were frozen without any explanation. The Vanguard reported that the accounts were held in GTBank, Fidelity Bank and First Bank.