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INTRIGUING!! Court Grants EFCC’s Request To Freeze Bauchi State Government’s Account

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An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has permitted the request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to disable the FCMB operational acount of the Bauchi state government.

The court as presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo also demanded that EFCC notify the parties concerned within 21 days.

The EFCC’s counsel, Abubakar Aliyu, had applied to freeze the account until the cessation of an active investigation by the commission.

The state government is said to currently have about N11 billion (N11,500,000 000 00) in the bank account.

Aliyu explained to the court that the anti-graft agency was looking into a money laundering case in which the account featured repeatedly.

Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi

He said many non-existent companies were used to transfer funds from the account as the money therein was way beyond the present N11 billion.

“My Lord, about N19.8 billion cheques were raised on the eve of transferring power to the new government for purportedly non-existent contracts and other grants,” he said.

According to him, the accountant general was still a signatory to the account and they were still trying to access the money.

When the judge asked if freezing the FCMB account would not affect the operation of the state government, Aliyu said the action would not affect the government’s operation because the account was not the one linked to federal Account allocation committee (FAAC).

Mohammed Abubakar, Immediate past Governor of Bauchi (PhotoCredit:Pulse.ng)

“They have other accounts and we have tagged this as exhibit 22 and 23,” he said.

The judge, however, adjourned the hearing till September 3.

Bala Mohammed, the new Bauchi state governor elected on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general election, in June, accused his predecessor, Mohammed Abubakar (APC) of embezzling the state’s money including splurging a whopping N2.3 billion on burials within three months.

Abubakar denied the claims saying the figures were infamously exaggerated as he only spent N1.27 billion.