The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has turned its search light towards the government of Akwa Ibom State, freezing all bank accounts of the state government. 

This came hours after the anti-graft agency also froze the accounts of the Benue State government whose governor, Samuel Ortom, recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, from the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

The EFCC has not issued any statement explaining the reason behind its action.

The Governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, had earlier sacked two Commissioners, Victor Antai of Culture and Tourism, and Ibanga Akpabio of Labour, Productivity and Manpower Planning after they received the former Governor of the State, Senator Godswill Akpabio who defected to the APC on Wednesday. 

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Akwa Ibom State government is yet to issue a statement on the freezing of its account.

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Already, critics have condemned the freezing of Benue State account by the EFCC, with some alleging that it was instituted because Governor Ortom left the APC. 


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The Chairman of the APC had questioned what the Governor had used all allocations he received for, demanding for answers as to why he had not invited President Muhammadu Buhari to commission projects in the state.

The Governor of Zamfara State and Chairman of the Governors Forum, Abdul’aziz  Yari, after a closed-door meeting with the Acting President on Wednesday told reporters that the freezing of the Benue State account was unconstitutional and wrong.

He highlighted that Benue State had been bedevilled by a deluge of security challenges which had claimed many lives. 

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