SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Abdulaziz Yari Wednesday condemned the freezing of the bank accounts of Benue State by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He described the action as unlawful and unconstitutional, saying that no agency of government had the power to shut down government in any state of the federation.
Yari, who is also governor of Zamfara State said the uncanny development became more irritating when considered against the background of festering insecurity in Benue State, orchestrated by herdsmen.
He warned that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, which according to him had demonstrated a determination to promote the rule of law would not at the same time condone illegality by any of its agencies.
The Zamfara governor spoke at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after a meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.The Acting President also met with the Acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu but it couldn’t be ascertained if the issue of freezing of the accounts was part of their discussion.
Reports had suggested that the country’s anti corruption body had frozen the bank account of Benue government as part of moves to probes Governor Samuel Ortom’s security expenditure.
Yari said: “The freezing of any account of the state government whether Benue or anywhere is unconstitutional and is not right. That is shutting down government. Government must spend, most especially Benue that is facing insecurity challenges. Well, we don’t know why the EFCC took the action. But if indeed EFFC freezed the account, from my point of view, it is wrong.
“This government will not sit down and oversee unlawful operation from the security agencies. From what happened yesterday, (Daura sack), everyone can understand that government is following due process and rthe laws of Nigeria. For one to just send security agencies to shut down the National Assembly, and the action that followed, that is what gave credit to this government by local and international community.
“Similar thing had happened in 2011 and 2014 respectively, but nothing was done about it, this time around, government said enough is enough. But the government of Muhammadu Buhari is following due process and will never oversee an unlawful activity by any security agency. So in the case of Benue, I believe something must be done.”
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