Senator Lady UcheEkwunife (Iyom) – The Amazon of our time

Senator Lady Uche Ekwunife (Iyom) is an outstanding personality of repute. Her successes and achievements in various positions she has held within a short period have continued to stand her out as one of the global leaders of the 21st Century.


Before joining politics, Senator Uche Ekwunife had a fulfilled career in banking. As a banker, she showed her mettle and ingenuity in funds management and displayed good organisational and administrative qualities. With 2years impressive records at Equatorial Trust Bank, and Senator Uche later joined Standard Trust Bank (now United Bank for Africa) where she rose to the position of Area Manager, Branch Manager and Head, Private Banking Unit respectively. Her excellent banking career propelled her to the position of President, Young Banker’s Association (2000-2006).


‘Iyom’ as fondly called is many things to many people. To some, she is a role model, a goal getter and a trail blazer; and to others, a philanthropist and amazon of distinct character who has distinguished herself in all spheres of life and to others leader per excellence. Iyom has continued to put smiles on the faces of people especially the less privileged and the down trodden in the society. Indeed, she is succor to many families whose lives she has touched positively in various ways. It is also to her credit to have assisted over 670 youths to be employed both in Private and Public Sector. She has assisted over 107 women travel to outside the country to explore business opportunities. Iyom has also sponsored many people who went on Holy pilgrimages. She has also invested heavily in the church.


The leadership ability of Senator Uche Ekwunife has always manifested everywhere she goes. As a former Board member of  Nigeria Film Corporation, she made unparalleled contributions to the development and growth of the Nollywood industry. Senator Uche also worked as a Board member of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.


As a senator of the Federal Republic, Uche displayed quality representation of the Anambra Central Senatorial District. Within the period she was at the Red Chambers, she was Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream and made great input to the growth in the oil industry. She also meritoriously served as a member of Finance, Works, Rules and Business, Basic Education, Women Affairs, Legislative Agenda and Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions committees, respectively.


Senator Uche Ekwunife had previously served as the Chairman, House Committee on Environment where she displayed high leadership quality and bravery in tackling the nation’s environmental challenges. Through this platform, Iyom attracted the attention of the Federal Republic to the havoc and menace caused by erosion in different States of the Federation.


During the 6th Assembly she sat as Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts. Senator Uche worked in different Committees like Gas Resources, FCT, Public Procurement, Legislative Budget/Research, Rural Development, Power and House Services etc.


As representative of Anoacha/Njikoka/Dunukofia Federal Constituency, Uche Ekwunife’s records were outstanding. She attracted a lot of quality and developmental projects to all the communities she represented. Iyom’s landmark achievements can only be described as wonderful. Indeed, she left an indelible mark in the delivery of her projects.


In the 7th Assembly at the House of Representatives, she belonged to committees of Public Accounts, Defence, Electoral Matters, Public Procurement, Special Duties, Women in Parliament and Health.


Senator Uche Ekwunife was among the delegates that represented Nigeria in Geneva for the 133rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. She was also a member, Ad hoc Committee on Constitutional Review. Iyom also led different legislative groups at the National Assembly.  At the federal house, Iyom also held the positions of a Leader, Anambra Caucus and Leader All Progressive Grand Alliance caucus and performed excellently.


Senator Uche moved several motions including the motion on the menace of armed robberies in Anambra State. This motion to an extent portrayed her interest and desire to see to the progress and security of the State. The motion on the erosion menace in Nanka which left many people homeless and properties destroyed, and which the she presented on the floor was admired by Nigerians and those who saw the effort of presenting a problem that is outside her constituency as a mark of nationality and incomparable love for the State.  Till date, she fights for the welfare of Ndigbo at the Federal levels.  Senator Uche’s motion on the Completion of the abandoned Zik’s Mausoleum in Onitsha is a submission that was appreciated by all and sundry. The project which was abandoned for several years of commencement was brought back to life.


Apart from the National Projects monitoring Agency (Establishment) Bill and other bills credited to Iyom, the Bill for an Act to amend  the provisions of sections 7 and 162 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) to provide for independence and financial autonomy of local government councils in Nigeria; and for related matters, 2011 was not only applauded and passed by the House but included to form part of the vital options for the review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Other Bills credited to Senator Uche as a member of the House include: A Bill for an Act to Provide for The Establishment of the National Environmental Sanitation Commission (NESC). A Bill for an Act to amend the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Act) 2002 which she took up in the senate has been signed into law by the President and other related matters. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria and other matters connected therewith and  A Bill for an act to establish the National youth development agency of Nigeria for the purpose of planning, implementing, and overseeing a National Integrated Youth Promotion Development Program and for connected purposes.


Because of her desire to serve and improve the lives of people, Uche Ekwunife contested Governorship election in Anambra State and ran the best campaign ever to be witnessed by any woman in the Nation’s history. Her performance in the election is today a big reference for courage, vision and dexterity by other women.


Being a woman of substance that enjoys putting smiles on the faces of people, Senator Ekwunife in 2001 established a scholarship and welfare scheme for the education of the indigent but intelligent students. Over 100 students have benefited from this initiative. The Youths and Widows Support Centre, is also a non-governmental Organisation she established to assist Youths and Widows.


Senator Uche Ekwunife is a Paul Harris fellow of the Rotary Club International and a recipient of many international and national Awards. Iyom also has Chieftaincy titles from communities within and outside Anambra State. She has been conferred with the titles of ‘IyomUgochinyeleze-na-nwata’ (Nri), ‘Ada Ugo-Igbo’ (Igbo-Ukwu),‘Anyanwu-Aguluzigbo’,‘Ife-Abagana’,‘Nnedioramma of Aguata’, Ezinne na Nimo and Ugomba- Agulu, AkwaUgo -Ojoto to mention but a few. Iyom for many years now has been a member of ‘Ndi Aro Eze’ (special Advisers) in Nri Kingdom.


Iyom is a Fellow Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and a certified National Accountant (CNA). She holds MBA in Business Administration, (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka) and B.Sc (Hons.) degree in Business Education (Accountancy) from University of Calabar.


She had undergone trainings in Harvard Business School (University of Witwatersand, Johannesburg ) South Africa, Lagos Business School- Management Development Programme,  IBFC Augusto Training Lagos- Leadership Development and Fundamentals of Human Resources Management, Lagos Business School – Effective Performance Management Skills Training, Policy Programmes and Projects – United Arab Emirates and others. Iyom belongs to the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN)


Iyom is a very hard-working, humane, determined, focused, kind hearted and God-fearing personality. She is a devout Christian, and a firm believer in the power of God.


She is happily married to Chief Sir. Larry Ekwunife, a Knight of the St. John International and a successful businessman from Nri Community in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. The marriage is blessed with children.

I want to be Senator for Anambra Central – Ekwunife

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Uche Ekwunife has described the upcoming Anambra Central Senatorial election as a must win for PDP.

Ekwunife said this during her familiarization tour of the seven local governments in Anambra Central. During the tour, Senator Ekwunife interfaced with party men, stakeholders and leaders across the seven local governments of the zone preaching unity, commitment and togetherness in the party as the party goes into the upcoming elections.

Senator Ekwunife described the PDP as a formidable brand, she noted that Anambra central cannot continue on its current path of representation.

In one of her visits, Ekwunife stated that she wants to be Senator for Anambra Central whose impact will be felt majorly in the zone. She noted that during her seven months stay in the Senate, she ensured that her representation was felt in the zone.

“Within one month of my stay in the Senate I dragged a powerful delegation of Senators to visit the state to see firsthand how bad erosion menace in the state is, we visited the Nkpor – New parts section of Enugu-Onitsha expressway which was almost cut off by erosion, and within a while after the committee visited, the road was put back in shape”, she said.

Ekwunife noted that there is a difference between lawmaking and noisemaking.

“Experience counts, I know the workings of the National Assembly more than any of my opponents. Within the short period I stayed in the Senate, I sponsored five bills, my bill on the Reenactment of Forestry Institute of Nigeria to enhance the activities of the institute in their defence of our environment was recently signed into law. I also sponsored a bill seeking for local government financial and political autonomy”, she said.

“Anambra Central cannot continue to miss out on representative dividends simply because its representative does not know his way around the National Assembly. A representation that does not create meaningful impact on the lives of constituents is not an effective representation”, she said.

She urged the people of Anambra Central to compare and contrast what is obtainable today and what was obtainable when she represented them.

According to Ekwunife, while she was Chairman Senate committee on Petroleum Downstream, the current occupant of the Senate is deputy Chairman committee on labour and productivity. While she attracted road projects in Nri and Enugwu-Agidi, the current Senator is celebrating awards and Chieftaincy title.

She urged the people of Anambra Central to ensure that effective and people-orientated representation is brought back to the zone come 2019 by voting PDP.

With TechCrunch Startup Battlefield, Facebook Begins Search For Africa’s Best Innovators

The event, taking place in Lagos, Nigeria, will search for Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs. On December 11, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield supported by Facebook, will bring together the strongest start-ups from across Sub-Saharan Africa, where they will pitch to a live audience of 500 people ranging from VCs, investors and government officials to developers.

In line with its commitment to growing Africa’s technology start-up ecosystem and its passion for developing diverse, young talent, Facebook is returning as the headline sponsor of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018.

The event, taking place in Lagos, Nigeria, will search for Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs.

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa sees start-ups compete across three categories — social good, productivity and utility, and gaming and entertainment. It profiles the founders and entrepreneurs leading Africa’s next wave of technology innovation and highlights new ideas, businesses and applications with disruptive potential.

On December 11, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield supported by Facebook, will bring together the strongest start-ups from across Sub-Saharan Africa, where they will pitch to a live audience of 500 people ranging from VCs, investors and government officials to developers.

Facebook representatives from Africa and beyond will be on the ground to celebrate, connecting, listening and learning from various communities as well as taking part in an exciting series of workshops, networking sessions and talks between December 6 and 11.

“Following the great success of the inaugural TechCrunch Startup Battlefield event in 2017, we are delighted to return as the headline sponsor for this year’s event,” says Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Developer Programmes.

“Given our passion for connecting people and helping developers and entrepreneurs to thrive, we can’t wait to see how this year’s entrants are using technology to engage and empower people across the continent.”

Events Facebook will host over the week include: Developer Circle Leads Summit (6-7 December): A two-day summit for more than 65 Developer Circles Leads across Sub-Saharan Africa, representing a growing community of over 42,800 members across 31 cities in 15 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Instagram Inspire Action Lagos — Women and Small Business Event (6 December): A workshop to inspire, educate and train 70-80 entrepreneurs and women working in tech with a panel featuring special guests.

Startups and Developers Summit 2018 by Developer Circle Nigeria (8 December): Bringing together 600 attendees, and hosted by Facebook Developer Leads, the Summit will run trainings and workshop sessions on specialist deep-tech subjects, such as Messenger Bot

Aspiring Entrepreneurs — Digital Pitch Competition (10 December): Winners from seven Nigerian states who participated in the Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Digital 2018 programme will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges for a chance to win support and prizes from Facebook and Fate Foundation.

NG_Hub Start-up Mixer (10 December): A social gathering bringing together Start-ups from across the ecosystem, including NG_Hub start-ups (Start-ups using Facebook’s Community Hub) and those taking part in the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield event.

Student Hack (11 December): In partnership with Re:Learn by CC_Hub, Facebook will bring together 50 local high school students from Lagos to take part in Hack-a-Day and other activities that highlight the difference developers can make in the world using computer science skills.

2019: Obasanjo denies neutrality, says only a fool will support Buhari’s govt

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied reports that he has decided to be neutral over who emerges president in 2019.

Obasanjo, who lamented the level of “incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious” under President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, argued that only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed.

The report of Obasanjo’s neutrality was allegedly filed by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) with the headline “Atiku: Obasanjo Shifts Political Gear to Neutral.”

But in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Sunday, he said Obasanjo, who is in Cairo to attend the maiden edition of the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF), of which he is chairman of the Advisory Council, never suggested he will be neutral.

“It is disingenuous, if not malicious, for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo was being neutral when he chose not to use the Owu Convention as a platform for political campaign but instead adopt a communal and familial approach in talking to members of his Owu family.

“For the records, and as accurately reported by some media organisations, what the former president said at the convention in Iwo was that while he would not impress any candidates on them, Nigerians should vote for credible candidates who will drive growth and development and make their lives better than it is now,” Akinyemi said.

According to him, Obasanjo’s statement never suggested his neutrality, as he believes that, “only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious.

“Chief Obasanjo is no such fool nor is he so unwise,” he added.

Obasanjo, who had earlier declared his support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said he would never sit on the fence.

While he called on Nigerians to stop complaining about their current situation, he advised them to go out to get “beneficial change.”

He said Nigerians must know that such change will not come if they remain inactive just complaining and complacent and they allow themselves to be deceived by sycophants and enemies of Nigeria.

“If they do not become active and get much needed change of the current administration to a government that will improve the economy, regain the confidence of investors and generally drive growth, development and economic progress with security, what is coming will be much worse than what Nigerians currently suffer,” Obasanjo said.

The former President added that he would never refrain from speaking up against poor governance, warning that nobody should manipulate his stance on the 2019 presidential election.

Obasanjo had in 2015 given full support to Buhari’s presidential ambition against his own party’s presidential candidate and then incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan.

However, Obasanjo had since dumped his support for Buhari and advised him not to seek re-election over his government’s alleged incompetence, corruption, nepotism and failure to secure lives and property of Nigerians.

‘Accept the challenge and join me in Italy’ – Cristiano Ronaldo tells his arch-rival Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are no doubt among the greatest footballers of all time who both were arch-rivals in Spain and ended up winning 10 Ballon d’Or awards between themselves.

The Portuguese striker who joined Serie A champions Juventus in a shock £100million move last summer from Real Madrid is now calling on Lionel Messi to join him in Italy instead ending his career with Barcelona.

When asked by Gazzetta in an interview if he missed Messi, Ronaldo said: ‘No, maybe he misses me. I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain.

‘Like me, accept the challenge. However, if he is happy there, I respect him, he is a fantastic player, a good guy but I do not miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.’

Ronaldo went on to outline the differences between his time in Spain and at his new club.

He said: ‘It’s not fair to name just a few, but I can say that this is the best group I’ve ever played.

‘Here we are a team, elsewhere someone feels bigger than others but here they are all on the same line, they are humble and want to win.

‘If Dybala or Mandzukic do not mark, you still see them happy, smile. For me it is beautiful, I perceive the difference.

‘Even in Madrid they are humble but here I feel they are more so.

‘It is very different from Madrid, this is more a family .’

Dogara blames INEC, security agencies for vote-buying in Osun gov election

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has blamed the reported incidents of vote-buying during the governorship election that led to the emergence of Gboyega Oyetola of the APC on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security operatives.

Dogara made this known in Abuja on Monday while speaking at the opening of a one-day public hearing on vote-buying and improving the electoral processes organised by the National Assembly joint committee on INEC and political parties.

He described the act of using the electoral umpires to induce and coerce voters to vote for certain candidates as “absurdities.”

He called on all and sundry to not only condemn the act but also devise ways to avert the recurrence of such practices ahead of the 2019 election.

He said, “A more worrisome dimension to vote buying is the alleged use of the officials of the electoral umpire, INEC, and officers of security agencies to induce, or intimidate and coerce voters to vote for particular candidates.”

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“Such absurdities have been widely reported in the media and confirmed by some local and international observers in respect of the recently concluded governorship elections in Osun State.

“As expected, all lovers of democracy worldwide rose to condemn these despicable incidents. Condemnation is not enough, it will amount to hypocrisy, if we don’t take the bull by the horn by taking concrete steps to eliminate these evils that make mockery of our hard worn democracy.”

In his own remarks, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki wants the incident form scrapped during the 2019 elections.

“For example, the use of Incident Form to bypass the lawful process of accreditation and voting is not good for the country. We must do away with it.

“This is one of those issues concerning which, whether there is a law or not, all of us who are stakeholders should come to agreement and address the anomaly.

“At the very least, this is one minimum condition that we must meet as we move towards 2019 Polls.

“All stakeholders should demonstrate the fact that a credible and transparent election is far better and more important than who wins that election”, he said.


By Dr. Chike Amobi, MCIArb(UK).

Distinguished Senator,

I think it was Ms. Dorothy Height, the American Civil Rights Activist of blessed memories who wrote that “Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplished, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals”.

Therefore, bearing in mind all the opposition you overcame to achieve so much in your legislative career as both a Member of the House of Representatives and more recently, a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I write to congratulate you on the signing into law by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, of a Bill you initiated in the House of Representatives and followed up in the Senate which has now been signed into law as the FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF NIGERIA (ESTABLISHMENT) ACT, 2018. It is one of the 3 Bills signed into law this past Friday by the Acting President.

In these times, when the global economy is tilting away from complete dependence on crude oil, this Act, in addition to creating jobs in Nigeria, also underscores the importance of, and reliance on Agriculture as a major sector of the Nigerian economy.

With all the negative environmental implications of deforestation and global warming, this Act seeks to preserve the environment for our generations unborn while still creating an enabling environment for the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria to function within its operational mandate.

Your Nostradamic ability to look into the future and realize the dire necessity of developing the Agricultural sector at a time when the rest of the world was still basking in the depleting comfort of crude oil as the dominant global economic driver, has underscored more than ever, the need for the good people of Nigeria to elect pragmatic and discerning lawmakers to occupy the seats of our legislative chambers.

Even as you are no longer in the National Assembly at this moment, the positive effects of your emphatic and visible footprints 👣 in the sands of time of those hallowed chambers is still being felt to this day. Especially with this nascent signing into law of this Bill which you personally midwifed through both legislative chambers and is now a Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

While thanking and congratulating you, Senator Ekwunife on the passage into law of this wonderful Bill you sponsored, may I also commend the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, for appreciating the urgency of signing this Bill into law without the usual procedural bottlenecks that delay the law making process.

It is gratifying to realize that we still have within the ranks of our legislators, people like you Senator Ekwunife, who understand that the most important constitutional duties of a lawmaker is to initiate and sponsor legislation which have positive and far reaching effects on the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Posterity shall remember you kindly for this and other acts of leadership you continue to exhibit.

Iwobi stars in Arsenal’s win over Huddersfield, Balogun loses; Man Utd thrash Fulham

Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi was subbed on for Arsenal in their 1-0 win over Huddersfield in a Premier League action at the Emirates on Saturday.

Iwobi was brought on from the bench at half time to replace Lichtsteiner after a goalless first half.

The Gunners were able to carry the day after a late winner by Lucas Torreira who scored a sublime bicycle kick in the 83rd minute to earn the host all three points.

It was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who found room at the back post and chipped across the six-yard box for Torreira to acrobatically volley in.

Torreira now has two goals in two games after scoring against Tottenham last week

Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun made a full appearance for Brighton who lost 1-0 at Burnley.

At Old Trafford, Manchester United recorded their biggest Premier League win of the season as they swept aside Fulham.

The hosts took the lead after 13 minutes when Ashley Young opened the scoring.

Marcus Rashford then set up Juan Mata for their second, before Romelu Lukaku finished from close range from Mata’s low cross.

Substitute Aboubakar Kamara pulled one back for Fulham with a penalty after he had been fouled by Ander Herrera.

But the Claudio Ranieri side were soon reduced to 10 men when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa was dismissed, and Rashford sealed the win for the Red Devils with a powerful strike.

Elsewhere, West Ham defeated Crystal Palace 3-2 while Cardiff City saw off Southampton 1-0.

Buhari hails Ribadu for Int’l anti-corruption award, tells Magu to press on

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nuhu Ribadu, former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for winning an anti-corruption lifetime achievement award.

Ribadu was conferred with the honour at an event organised by Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Award in Malaysia on Friday.

The former EFCC chairman was one of eight recipients from five continents.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Buhari rejoiced with Ribadu over the award.

The president stated that the honour “is a rare privilege and acknowledgement of his fearless fight against corruption in his country”.

He said, “The award to Ribadu affirms our commitment to the campaign against corruption, which is one of the three focal areas of our administration.

“This also means that the world appreciates our determination to stem the negative effects of corruption on the country’s development.”

He urged the current leadership of the anti-corruption organisations in the country not to be deterred in the face of “corruption fighting back in different forms and shapes”.

Buhari also enjoined all Nigerians in leadership positions to emulate Ribadu and see public office “as a public trust”.

On Buhari’s orders, Obi’s bank accounts have been frozen– PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Saturday that the bank accounts of its vice-presidential candidate, Peter Obi, have been frozen on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement that the opposition party decried the “stoppage of transactions on all accounts belonging” to Mr Obi, “his wife, his family members and their businesses by agencies of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.”

Ologbondiyan in his statement said the restriction placed on Obi’s accounts capped a string of harassments he had endured since emerging as the running mate to Atiku Abubakar in mid-October.

“Since his nomination, Peter Obi, apart from facing series of failed attempts by the APC to destroy his reputation, has also continued to receive all manners of threats and blackmail, including threats to his life and those of his wife and children,” he said.

He added that the Buhari administration would be embarking on a futile endeavour if it believes stringent investigation of Obi would yield anything meaningful for prosecution, saying the presidential candidate ran a frugal government and left over N75 billion in state account as governor of Anambra State between 2006 and 2014.

Ologbondiyan’s statement was however silent on the specific agencies responsible for the alleged restrictions.

Responding to the allegation when contacted by Premium Times, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), denied freezing Obi’s accounts.

The EFCC spokesperson said Saturday night that the claim was false.

“There is no where the EFCC is mentioned in this statement. The EFCC is a law abiding agency and committed to ridding the nation of economic and financial crimes. That, we would not relent to do.

“But let nobody cry wolf where non exist. Please direct your question to the author of the statement; and please let us not speak in parables. And let the media not interpret out of context,” EFCC spokesperson Tony Orilade said in a statement.

Rasheedat Okoduwa, a spokesperson for the ICPC, also said the agency was not responsible for any purported freezing of the accounts of Obi.