- The EFCC has moved to remove the perpetual injunction secured by Peter Odili
- The former governor allegedly misappropriated N100 billion
- The senate assured that the EFCC act would be amended to facilitate investigation
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Senate are planning investigate the alleged misappropriation of N100 billion.
Odili secured a perpetual injunction restraining the EFCC from prosecuting or arresting him but the Senate has moved to amend the EFCC act that will allow the anti-graft agency carry out its duty.
Vanguard reports that Senator Chukwuka Utazi who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes disclosed this in Port Harcourt when he led other committee members on a surprise oversight visit to the South-South regional office of the anti-graft agency.
The senator revealed that the amendment of the act will upturn the perpetual injunction.
Odili who served as governor of Rivers State between 1999 and 2007 was accused of misappropriating N100 billion.
Utazi said it was wrong from one arm of government to prevent the other arm from carrying out its duty and assured that the amendment would allow the EFCC by-pass the injunction.
Mr. Ishaq Salihu who is the EFCC coordinator in the south south had asked the Senate to assist in reopening the investigation and possibly prosecuting Odili.
Utazi said: “The House of Representatives has done its bit on the amendment of EFCC Act. It has come to us. The amendments effected in the House of Representatives were not exhaustive. We are going to look into this (issuance of perpetual injunction) issue with a view to correcting it.
“Nobody should stop an organ of government from performing its duties. We want to empower them (EFCC) to work. They cannot work with one hand tied to the back.
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‘’We are going to ensure that everything is done in accordance with the rule of law. Nobody should be shortchanged.”
Mr. Ishaq, had explained that the injuction was affecting the morale of the agency in prosecuting the former governor.
“The perpetual injunction of Odili is a problem for us. Because of that injunction, it means we cannot invite anybody related to the case to give any testimony.