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EFCC freezes accounts of 63-year-old man, delays his eye surgery

By Jesutomi Akomolafe
03 May 2022   |   2:50 am
A 63-year-old man, Aniedoabasi Aniefiok Inyanguwem, has cried out over the sudden attachment of his six bank accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

[FILES] EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa

A 63-year-old man, Aniedoabasi Aniefiok Inyanguwem, has cried out over the sudden attachment of his six bank accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
  
The man, who currently suffers an eyesight defect, lamented that the anti-graft agency’s action without prior notice affected his scheduled eye surgery in a Lagos hospital.
 

  
The Guardian learnt that his surgery process scheduled for February was stalled. Consequently, Inyanguwem, who is a member, of the alumni association of the Evangelical Christian Union (ECU), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) chapter, said he was discharged from the hospital for lack of sufficient funds to continue his treatment.
   
Narrating his ordeal, Inyanguwem said he learnt of the no-debit order placed on his accounts by the EFCC when he tried to carry out a transaction with his first mobile application to pay his medical bills.
  
He said: “When the condition of my eyesight deteriorated and I could not see properly, I sought help from my ECU brethren in Canada and they sent N2million to my First Bank account.

“I received that money while I was receiving treatment at Crystal Specialist Hospital around Akowonjo area of Lagos on February 26.  Between March 3 and 4,  I could not access the funds when I needed them.
 
“I left the hospital with a pastor friend, who drove me to one of my banks, Fidelity at Idimu. While my pastor friend was with the Branch Manager, I began to hear that there was a warrant from EFCC to arrest me anytime I visited the bank. I was arrested and no one told me my offence.”
 
According to him, the officers at Idimu police station later revealed to him that no reason was given for the arrest, while the EFCC official contacted on the issue did not show up for the case.

  
“The police officers used their discretion to grant me bail when they saw my health condition, which had affected my legs. I wonder if they did not grant me bail, I would have probably rotted in jail. My current state now is that someone has to bathe, feed and do everything for me.
 
“I am calling on well-meaning Nigerians to intervene and ask EFCC to unfreeze my accounts to enable me access funds for my surgery or come out and tell me my offence.”
 
When The Guardian reached out to the EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, on the matter, he neither picked up his calls nor responded to text messages sent to his known mobile telephone line.