The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is monitoring outgoing state governors and their states’ bank accounts to stall any plot to loot the states’ treasury, a report has said.
The states are believed to include Lagos, Kwara, Imo, Kano and others. Saturday Punch reports that the action was sequel to intelligence report about suspicious financial activities by top officials of the concerned states.
The anti-graft agency had uncovered cash withdrawals above N1 billion in Imo and Kwara in recent weeks.
First was the arrest of Uzohor Casmir, the Imo State acting Accountant-General, with N1.05 billion allegedly earmarked for vote-buying on the instruction of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Also, the EFCC uncovered a N1 billion cash withdrawal by the Kwara State Government a week before the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.
“Following intelligence reports that some state governments were looting public funds to induce voters during the elections, the EFCC set up a special team which has successfully tracked the financial improprieties by Imo, Kano and Kwara states.
“The agency is also monitoring the accounts of many other states to prevent suspicious withdrawals and transactions,” Saturday Punch quoted a source to have said.
Tony Orilade, the acting spokesman of the commission, reportedly refused to confirm the operation. He however affirmed that it was the commission’s responsibility to prevent corruption.