The allegations that some bank accounts owned by the Nigerian Governors Forum has been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has been debunked.
In a report by Punch Newspaper, Abdulrazak Barkindo, the Director of Media of the NGF debunked the reports saying an earlier decision of the court to stop usage of the NGF’s account had been lifted.
Barkindo reportedly said that the embargo on the usage of the account had been lifted following the decision of the consultant, Mr. Ned Nwodo to settle the issue out of court.
“I saw the report in the newspapers. How can EFCC freeze an account? Only a court can freeze an account. Anyway, the figure people are bandying now is not correct.
“There was a consultant who sued us to court, he sought N53 billion from us, and we had issued a press statement a long time ago that the consultant still continues to come and claim money for work perhaps that they did in ten years or so.
“So this one that we have no relationship with came and sued and asked the court to stop us from using the account which the court did and we had already settled. The court de-froze the account and we have settled out of court with him,” Barkindo said.
Continuing, he said: “So I don’t know why people are saying EFCC has frozen our account. There is no truth in that. Our accounts, they were not like frozen, we were told not to use the account until we finish discussing with the guy. He got an expert motion. That motion has been taken off already.”
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