As a result of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) obtaining a court order to freeze the Kogi State government’s salary bailout account, the state government has threatened to sue the EFCC.
It was reported earlier that Justice Tijani Ringim of the federal high court in Lagos had granted the ex parte order following an application brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), pending the end of the investigation or possible prosecution.
EFCC’s counsel, Abass Muhammed, informed the court that a N20 billion loan meant to augment Kogi state’s salary payments and running costs was kept in an interest-paying fixed deposit with Sterling
At a press briefing in Abuja, the Kogi Liaison Office’s Commissioner of Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, described the claim as an attempt to malign the integrity of Governor Yahaya Bello.
EFCC’s claim that Bello did not disburse the bailout funds released by the Federal Government in 2019 for payment of salary arrears owed civil servants is false and malicious, Fanwo said.
State government funds have been disbursed since October 2019, according to the commissioner.