By Ayo Kehinde
The probe launched by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, into the security vote of the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, which has led to the short down of the bank accounts of the state has been described as unconstitutional and a dangerous trend in Nigeria.
Chairman of the Forum and governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari made this criticism while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday after the National Council of State meeting at the Presidential Villa, presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
He said “What EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, is doing is not right because by shorting down the bank accounts of a state, you are shorting down the governance of the state. It is unconstitutional. I do not think it is right. This is a state that has gone through crisis and you are doing that?” He called on Acting President Osinbajo to take action, adding that “the Muhammadu Buhari administration would not condone such activity, there is something definitely wrong”.
Governor Ortom who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, claims that the EFCC move is a witch-hunt because of his defection.
He said since the lock down of the bank accounts the state has been unable to run basic services let alone pay workers salary.