Benue, Plateau Accounts Not Frozen – Federal High Court

The last may not have been heard concerning the story on the freezing of two states government accounts by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Were the governments account of and Plateau truly frozen? The man at the helm of this controversy, , on Friday May 13, 2015, shed light on the issue.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the debunked the reports in the media that he ordered both Benue and Plateau States accounts to be frozen.

Speaking to Journalists on Friday, the , , explained that the judgement of the court was misrepresented.

Oghoghorie said, “The Federal High Court did not grant any order to freeze the accounts of the two states.

She explained the nature and meaning of the judgement passed: “all that the Federal High Court did was to grant ‘order nisi’ which means that certain amount of money in the accounts of Benue and Plateau state governments should not be touched”.

She said, “To freeze an account is that you cannot withdraw from an account, while to attach certain amount in the account means that the owner of the account cannot touch certain amount of money in the account.

“To attach does not mean you cannot withdraw from the account.

“In the case of Benue, the amount attached is N957,630,349.57 while in the case of Plateau, the amount attached was N673,019,948.19.”

Several media outlets in the country reported on Tuesday May 12, 2015 that Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja division of the court ordered the freezing of the accounts of the two states.

He gave this order in his ruling on separate garnishee applications filed against them by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria.

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