Wike gives condition for Rivers officials to appear before EFCC

Wike gives condition for Rivers officials to appear before EFCC

- Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, reacted to EFCC's invitation to officials of the state government

- The EFCC is probing N117 billion transaction by the state government in the past three years

- Wike said the officials will not appear before the agency until it follows the rule of law

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, who gave the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) condition before officials of the state government could appear before the anti-graft agency.

Vanguard reports that Wike who gave this condition at the state government house in Port Harcourt, said the anti-graft agency must abide by the rule of law.

It was learnt that the EFCC had invited and probed the managing director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, over alleged N117 billion transaction by the state government in the past three years.

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While investigating further, the anti-graft agency also invited four officials of the state who were central to the withdrawals for questioning.

He said: “I am not interested whether EFCC backs off or not. I am not against the EFCC fighting corruption, if at all they are fighting corruption. My concern is we must do it according to the law.

“The law says that we have a federation comprising the federal government, the states and the local government areas.

“We go to the monthly federal allocation when money comes to the federation and all tiers take their share. The federal government is now saying that the money that comes to states will be monitored.

“I was not here in 2007. Rivers state government went to court against the EFCC to say the commission has no constitutional power to interrogate the finances, the expenses of the state government. And the matter was adequately addressed and judgment was given against EFCC.

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“Since 2007, EFCC has been struggling to appeal the judgment. EFCC has not succeeded up till now. What they are doing now is when they feel a government is not pro-Buhari, ‘let’s do this’.”

“Nobody will appear before the EFCC until they follow the rule of law. This country must not allow personal interest of individuals. That is a coup against the interest of Nigeria.”

He wondered why the EFCC was allowed to freeze the accounts of Benue and Akwa Ibom state governments, insisting that the agency is being used as a tool by the federal government to fight opposition.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Governor Nyesom Wike vowed that no official of the state would appear before the EFCC for probe.

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.

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