The Benue State government says the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has unfrozen its bank accounts.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr Terver Akase, confirmed this to a media outlet in an interview on Thursday.
EFCC had frozen the accounts of the state government in three banks on Tuesday, saying it was investigating alleged abuse of the state’s security votes.
The statement read, “The action of EFCC is already having a negative impact on the running of government in Benue State.”
“It is a move that will affect salaries, pensions and other sundry payments. The question we are asking is; why did EFCC not investigate the Governor’s security votes when he was still a member of APC?”
Hours later, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also condemned the organization’s action.
NGF Chairman and Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, had told reporters in Abuja that freezing the accounts of the government was unconstitutional.
On its part, the PDP faulted the EFCC for the action, as well as for freezing the accounts of the Akwa Ibom State.
The party had, in a series of tweets, said the action of the anti-graft agency cannot be justified under any guise within the dictates of the Nigerian Constitution.