Makinde to EFCC: You cannot probe how I spend security vote
Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, has said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, lacks the power to probe into how he spends the security votes allocated to him.
Makinde, in a statement by Taiwo Adisa, his press secretary, accused the EFCC of hounding state officials.
The governor said the interrogation of the state’s accountant-general Gafar Bello was not connected to the alleged missing N9billion local government fund.
“There is no truth whatsoever in the claim contained in the online newspaper that the interrogation of the Accountant General of the State, Mr Gafa Bello, by the EFCC has to do with an alleged laundering of N9bn local government funds.
“In truth, no money is missing in the local government treasury and no money has been traced to the account of any politician in respect of any future election. The claim is not only mischievous but false,” the statement said.
The Oyo state government also said its attorney-general, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo had instituted a suit to restrain the EFCC from probing the security votes of the state contained in the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
“At the hearing of the suit on Tuesday, the trial judge (Justice N Agomoh) ordered the EFCC to accept the service of the Oyo State government’s originating processes and pending applications after hearing the complaints by the Attorney General of Oyo State, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, indicating that the anti- graft Agency had brazenly refused service of the processes at the Abuja Head Office for reasons unknown to the law,” the statement read.