I am going blind, man begs EFCC to unfreeze bank accounts
A 63-year-old man, Aniedoabasi Aniefiok Inyanguwem, who is going blind for his inability to pay for his surgery because his bank accounts were frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has pleaded with the agency to unfreeze his bank accounts.
Inyanguwem, who was assisted with a N2 million financial aid from the alumni association of the Evangelical Christian Union (ECU), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) chapter, Canada, lamented that a no-debit order was placed on his accounts by the EFCC, making payment for his eye surgery in Lagos, difficult.
He also revealed that the agency ordered his arrest when he visited the bank to lay complaints, but was released on a discretional ground by Idimu Police officers due to his condition.
He said: “ I was on the hospital bed preparing for eye surgery on March 4 when I noticed that EFCC had frozen my six bank accounts without giving me a reason. I want the account to be unblocked.
“ My eyes are getting worse and I need to go immediately for the eye operation.” According to him, the officers at Idimu police station later revealed to him that no reason was given for the arrest, while the agency’s official whose number was on the order of arrest, when contacted on the issue did not show up for the case.
Inyanguwem said: “ I received the sum of N2 million from my ECU brethren in Canada on February 26, while I was on the hospital bed. When I could not raise the money needed for my eye operation I reached out to them, which they sent to my account. That was on March 4. I then discovered that the account was blocked. I have reached out to EFCC since March several times through different departments, but the account is still blocked.”
“The surgery due date was February, all the preliminary work on the eyes had been completed. What is left is the operation. My wife has been assisting me, taking me around. I want the account to be unblocked. The eyes are getting worse. I cannot run to those who gave me the money to grant me another financial assistance.”
When The Guardian reached out to EFCC spokesperson, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, on the issue, all calls placed to his official number were not reachable , while text messages sent to him were not replied.