The Federal Government yesterday made some positive moves to stem the rising tide of militancy in the Niger Delta as security agents have reportedly closed in on possible sponsors of the renewed violence in the oil rich region.
Against this backdrop, accounts of at least three of former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s close allies have been frozen in the last forty eight hours.
This comes on the heels of a revelation that former presidential aide, Dr Waripamowei Dudafa had pleaded with the authorities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) to remain in the custody of the anti graft body rather being remanded in the prison.
A source at the EFCC disclosed that Dudafa lied about his illness in a widely circulated publication, adding that the move was meant to blackmail the collision.
The commission also said the directive to freeze the accounts was handed down to it by the Department of State Services (DSS) as the outcome of preliminary investigation into the culpability of some of the former president’s associates.
The EFCC source said, “We have been given some specific directives to freeze more accounts belonging to some officials of the past government because there are security concerns and clues that such accounts may indeed be sponsoring the so called avengers who are on rampage in the Niger Delta.
“From Thursday, we have actually effected some restrictions. Mind you, we started with the closure of the account of Dudafa which had about N900 million and he went ahead to blackmail us that we disallowed him access to medicals, which is a lie.
“Here is a man who pleaded not to be taken to prison custody turning around to say otherwise. So as it is, we have to arraign him next sometime next week.”
The source listed the frozen accounts as belonging to a cousin of the former president, his ally who is facing a case of fraud and an official of the previous government who is currently on the run.