Alleged N20bn fraud: Kogi threatens to sue EFCC

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The Kogi State government on Thursday threatened to sue the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a recent court order that froze N20 billion in its bank account.

Information Commissioner Kingsley Fanwo said this at a media briefing on the matter.

Fanwo accused the EFCC of misleading the court by allegedly presenting false documents to obtain the court order.

“The EFCC has accused us wrongly and the intent is to drag our image in the mud. We shall challenge the EFCC at the court to substantiate their blatant allegation.

 “We are not fighting the EFCC, but we need to test the allegations they have made before a court of competent jurisdiction in the light of verifiable facts at our disposal,” Fanwo said.

The Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, on Tuesday, ordered the freezing of the Kogi State salary bailout account domiciled in a new generation bank over alleged N20 billion loan obtained from the bank.

The Presiding Judge, Tijjani Ringim, said the order would subsist pending the conclusion of investigation or possible prosecution by the EFCC.

The court had based its ruling on an ex parte application by the EFCC, brought pursuant to Section 44(2) of the Constitution and Section 34(1) of the EFCC Act and under the court’s jurisdiction.

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