Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has reacted to reports of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declaring four officials of the state government wanted.
The EFCC had said that if Wike had immunity, the officials did not, and had gone ahead to declare them wanted for questioning in alleged N117Bn withdrawals. The Commission said there were no explainers for what the withdrawals were meant for, but Wike had insisted that it was only the state’s house of assembly that had right to question use of funds by the state government.
Now, the governor has called on Nigerians to discountenance the move by the EFCC to declare four officials of the State Government wanted, saying he would diligently fight the EFCC’s alleged acts of impunity within the ambit of the constitution. He noted that the State Government would not be cowed.
The governor said the action of the EFCC was aimed at armtwisting the court and embarrassing the Rivers State Government.
The governor noted that the Rivers State Government and the EFCC appeared on Tuesday (September 11, 2018) before the Federal High Court on the matter, which was adjourned for ruling by the court.
He regretted that the EFCC in line with the APC Federal Government’s bad habit of acting in impunity, went ahead to act outside the provisions of the law, just to gain media mileage and satisfy negative political interests.
Wike said: “The EFCC can go ahead to declare the Rivers State Governor wanted, but it must realise that nobody in the state will be intimidated by their display of impunity and disrespect for the rule of law”.
He said: “They cannot distract us by their political gimmicks and acts of illegality. We are focused on the rule of law and we shall fight this reign of impunity within the ambits of the constitution.”