Nigeria’s anti-graft body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed and defended freezing the account of a governor, Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
The governor had on Monday night tweeted about that fact that his personal bank account with Zenith bank had been frozen, blaming the action on what he termed ‘‘Buhari led APC tyrannical govt.’‘
According to an aide, Fayose a sworn critic of Buhari, was a sitting governor who by the constitution enjoys immunity and that he would challenge the action of the EFCC in the appropriate quarters.
Immunity does not prevent EFCC from investigating suspicious accounts of those enjoying immunity and Fayose cannot be an exception.
My personal Account of at Zenith Bank has been frozen courtesy of Buhari led APC tyrannical govt.— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) June 20, 2016
But an EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren who spoke to a local media portal, Vanguard defended the position of the anti-graft agency saying that it has the right to investigate any governor whose account is being used to move funds.
“Immunity does not prevent EFCC from investigating suspicious accounts of those enjoying immunity and Fayose cannot be an exception,’‘ he said.
Meanwhile, another news portal Sahara Reporters have suggested that the suspension of the governors’ account was in connection with monies received from the infamous National Security Advisor (NSA) funds that are believed to have been embezzled.
The former NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki together with other top brass of the security agencies, are currently standing trial over the diversion of funds that were meant to be channeled into the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.