The accounts of the Akwa Ibom State Government have been frozen by the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
However, spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, in a telephone interview, denied the report.
The development came on a day leading stalwarts of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) converged in the state to welcome immediate past governor of the state and former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio into the party’s fold.
Akpabio’s formal defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which was welcomed before a mammoth crowd in his Ikot-Ekpene home town was accompanied by the defection of two members of the state House of Assembly and two former commissioners in the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration.
Gov. Emmanuel had sacked the state Commissioner for Labour, Productivity and Manpower Development, Mr. Ibanga Akpabio and his Ministry of Culture and Tourism counterpart, Mr. Victor Antai, from the state Executive Council.
Ibanga is a younger brother to ex-governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio,
However, the failure of the mass defection of state legislators that had been envisaged to accompany Akpabio’s came as PDP stalwarts in the former governor’s Ikot Ekpene senatorial district held series of rallies across the district to bolster support for Governor Emmanuel.
The freezing of the state’s accounts was confirmed by multiple sources working in the state administration. They, however, refused to be quoted because of the sensitivity of the matter.
“We don’t know why the EFCC has taken this step. We were never informed of any infraction, and even no court order was obtained,” one source who spoke on condition of anonymity said yesterday. – Vanguard.