EFCC Secures Court Order To Freeze Bauchi Account

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A federal high court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, granted the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to freeze the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) operational account number: 0998552074 of the Bauchi state government.

The judge, Taiwo Taiwo urged the EFCC to put the party concern on notice of the order within 21 days.

He then adjourned the matter till September 3.

In 2018, the anti-graft agency had frozen accounts belonging to the Benue state government and Akwa Ibom state, respectively.

Three bank accounts belonging to the Benue state government were frozen. The commission had linked Samuel Ortom, governor of the state, to the tune of N22 billion fraud but the governor had denied the allegation.

The EFCC had said between June 30, 2015 and March 2018, Ortom ordered the withdrawal of N21.3bn from four government’s accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank, First Bank of Nigeria and the United Bank for Africa.