- Governor Nyesom Wike said the EFCC has no right to probe Rivers state
- The governor said no state official will submit himself for probe
- He claimed investigation into the state's finance was politically-motivated
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has reportedly vowed that no official of the state will appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for probe.
Daily Trust reports that the governor spoke after the EFCC made enquiries about the state’s alleged N117 billion transactions in the past three years.
The governor reportedly accused the EFCC of politically-motivated investigation and that until the 2007 judgement barring the anti-graft agency from investigating the state, no official would appear for probe.
An EFCC official reportedly said: “The bulk of the money was collected by one official over the counter with as many as 45 to 50 cheques issued in one day. The records retrieved showed that on June 8, 2015, about N450 million was cashed over the counter through 45 cheques with each cheque worth N10 million.
“The same thing was done on June 9, 2015 when N500 million was cashed in bits of N10 million. There is no record of what the cash was used for.”
Wike, however, said he was not afraid of probe. He said: “We are not afraid of their probe and they have no power to probe us. No government official will appear before the EFCC until they set aside the court judgment of Rivers state government against them in 2007. We cannot be intimidated.
“They filed for leave to appeal the judgment at the court of appeal. Until they set aside the judgment, we will not come. We are aware of their tricks. They should not bother engaging in media trial because it will not work. This is mere political witch-hunt."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has subjected state government officials to intense grilling, saying that the persecution was becoming “ridiculous”.
Ortom’s chief press secretary, Terver Akase, who raised the alarm on Wednesday, August 15, in Makurdi, said no day passes without the commission adding one more angle to their harassment of Benue officials.
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