The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has lifted restrictions on bank accounts run by two state governments.
Authorities in Benue and Akwa Ibom States recently raised alarm that their accounts had been frozen, trapping workers’ salaries, pensions and crippling public activities.
But while Benue officials have confirmed unblocking of all the accounts affected, Akwa Ibom was only able to confirm a partial relaxing of limited access imposed on its accounts in commercial banks.
The confirmation comes hours after Governor Samuel Ortom confirmed in a statement that Benue State’s accounts are now fully active.
Ortom expressed his gratitude to Nigerians for helping ramp up pressure on the EFCC, reiterating his position that the EFCC was out to victimise him for leaving the ruling All Progressives Congress to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
The EFCC said recently it was investigating Ortom for his use of security earmarks, saying up to N22 billion had not been accounted for. Ortom denied the allegations.
The agency has also investigated Akwa Ibom finances, and the residence of its finance commissioner was said to have been raided by anti-graft agents a few weeks ago.
Udoh, however, insisted that the state had non prior indications that it was under the radar.