George Uboh Drags EFCC To Court For Freezing Benue, A’Ibom Accounts
The chairman of George Uboh Whistleblowers Network (GUWN), Dr. George Uboh has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to court for freezing bank accounts belonging to Benue, Akwa Ibom States.
In the underlying affidavit deposed to by the GUWN chairman, Uboh states:
“Defendant’s unilateral, unfounded, illegal, unconstitutional and partisan freezing of bank accounts of state governments, including but not limited to Benue State and Akwa Ibom States, smirks of corruption and or undemocratic practices hence acts committed by an arm of government which has undermined the public interest”.
In the affidavit, Dr. Uboh further deposed:
“Plaintiff has accused and defended allegations against the defendant for corruption in the failure to remit N1.993 trillion to the Federal Government of Nigeria, particularly on August 26, 2015 when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to defend said allegations after which the erstwhile Chairman of Defendant was sacked on or about November 9, 2015 for repeated failures to honor the Senate resulting in the senate issuing a warrant for his arrest”.
Speaking with ElombahNews over the suit, Uboh states he is pained that an anti-graft agency, whose activities must be non-partisan, which is the globally accepted standard, would descend to such flagrant disregard for the law.
Worse yet, in so doing deprive states from accessing funds at the time when those states are having problems with the ruling party thus giving EFCC’s actions the coloration of partisanship.
It’s on record that EFCC moved against Benue State Government following the defection of the governor of the state, Mr. Samuel Ortom, to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party [PDP].
In the case of Akwa Ibom, its trouble started with the defection of its former governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, from PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress [APC].
Senator Akpabio was formally inducted into the party on Wednesday in Uyo, the state capital, by APC chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as well as other party leaders.