In response to the outrage over the action by the anti-graft commission, the EFCC issued a statement claiming that the account was flagged and frozen by the agency because it has N2.4 million which the commission claimed was part of a money laundering case against the Ms. Chikwendu’s husband.
The EFCC denied arresting Ms. Chikwendu and also alleged that her special bank identification number was used on 17 accounts in GTBank.
In a swift reaction, Chikwendu has refuted the claims of the EFCC with evidence. She said that the account had N295,000 and never had a balance of more than N500,000 at any time.
Also, she refuted the claim by the EFCC that she was not arrested by the agency. She said three agents of the commission were at the bank with the intention of whisking her away to Abuja.
“Neither is it true that the EFCC were not at the bank in Ado Ekiti to arrest her because three of their operatives were actually there manning the bank door with their identity cards pinned to their jackets. They were backed by five fully armed policemen in uniform,” the e-mailed statement said.
“They made it clear to Precious Chikwendu that they had been ordered to bring her to Abuja by road that same evening and that if she could not leave her son in the bank with the manager he would have to come for the ride too.