The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) has debunked claims credited to the outgoing governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha that it blocked the state’s account.
According to the anti-graft agency in a statement published on social media on Friday, they only blocked the withdrawal of the Paris Club Funds — For which they got an intelligence report on, that it would be used for vote buying — ahead of the rescheduled March 9, governorship election.
Read the full statement below
The attention of the EFCC has been drawn to a statement credited to Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha on The Cable, to effect that the EFCC had for the past three months, blocked the account of the state government.
It is pertinent to let Nigerians know that on the eve of the rescheduled March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state, the EFCC got intelligence that part of the Paris Club refund to the state was about to be used for purpose of vote buying and other sundry fraud.
Arising from the development, the EFCC swung into action and succeeded in blocking withdrawal of the said fund, as well as trace the usage of N500million which had been withdrawn in cash, out of which N77million was recovered.
In the process of securing the funds, a freezing order was sought and obtained from a court of competent jurisdiction. So far, the investigation is still ongoing with regards to the destinations of the funds.
For the record, the EFCC did not and has not blocked the Federal Account Allocation Committee Account (FAAC) nor the Joint Local Government Account (JAAC) which form the bulk of the state’s statutory allocation and expenditure.
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