The decision of the Federal High Court in Lagos to freeze the account of the Kogi state government has been hailed by Arewa (Northern) youths.
Recall that the fixed deposit account of the Kogi State Government domiciled in the Sterling Bank Plc was frozen after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission accused the government of diverting the funds meant for payment of salaries..
The Court had ruled that the account should remain closed pending the conclusion of the investigation or possible prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Tijjani Ringim, in granting the exparte application by the EFCC for the freezing of the suspicious account, directed the anti-graft agency to make a quarterly report of its investigation to the court.
Reacting, Arewa youths, under the aegis of Northern Youth Council of Nigeria, expressed their satisfaction with the decision of the court to freeze the bank account controlled by the Kogi State government.
The Northern youths also warned celebrities and political jobbers who have endorsed the 2023 presidential bid of the State Governor to have a rethink.
They made their position known in a statement signed by the President of the Council, Dr. Isah Abubakar-Sadiq, in Abuja on Wednesday night.
The statement reads in part “We received the news of the freezing of Kogi state government fixed deposit bank account domiciled at Sterling Bank at the request of the EFCC by Federal High Court, Lagos Division with so much excitement.
“We want to particularly commend the EFCC for the courage to go after a seating State Governor and his cabinet members. The anti-graft agency should beam its searchlight across other states by ensuring that people with stolen wealth don’t end up enjoying them at the expense of the masses.
“We commend the Judiciary for granting the audacious Order restraining the agents of the Kogi State Government evacuating the money lodged in the suspicious bank account as well as the interest accruals.
“We wish to advise celebrities and political jobbers who have endorsed the seating governor of the state for Nigeria’s highest political office in 2023 to be wary.”