The Federal High Court in 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, the court demanded the EFCC and the two banks to, within 30 days, state why they froze the accounts of the state government. The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice had asked the court to declare that the EFCC acted against the law when it directed the banks to freeze its accounts.
The state 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.
Furthermore, the state government is demanding thirty million naira from the defendants as damages suffered during the periods the accounts were frozen. Consequently, the court fixed October 8, for hearing of the case. The EFCC had on August 7, 2018, ordered the freezing of the Benue State Government’s accounts over allegations of abuse of the state’s security votes.