- The Benue state government has dragged the EFCC to court for freezing its accounts
- The government also indicted two commercial banks in the state for the action
- The case was filed at the Federal High Court, Makurdi, in the Benue state capital
The Federal High Court, Makurdi has summoned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and two commercial banks to appear before it over the recent freezing of the state government accounts.
In the writ of summons issued to the defendants, the court has demanded EFCC and the two banks to, within 30 days, state why they carried out their action of freezing Benue state government accounts.
The government, through the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, is praying the court to declare that EFCC acted against the law when it directed the banks to freeze its accounts.
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The Benue government is also demanding a declaration of the court that by freezing the said accounts, EFCC denied the government the right to operate and transact on the affected accounts.
The suit also seeks the verdict of the court to the effect that a state government's account maintained with any bank or financial institution in Nigeria does not fall within the class of bank accounts liable to be frozen by EFCC.
Another relief sought by the government is an order of perpetual injunction restraining the EFCC or its agents from freezing accounts held in the two banks or any other bank. The state government is also demanding N30,000,000,000 from the defendants as damages suffered during the periods the accounts were frozen.
The case comes up on Monday, October 8, for hearing.
The EFCC, on Tuesday, August, 7, ordered the freezing of Benue government's accounts; a decision that adversely affected government business for some days.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that the political travails of Samuel Ortom were compounded on Monday, July 30, after the EFCC disclosed that it had begun probing the Benue state governor for alleged fraud to the tune of N22 billion.
The anti-graft agency also revealed that 21 members of the Benue state house of Assembly are under investigation for allegedly embezzling N375m meant for the procurement of vehicles for oversight functions.