Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has directed the Attorney General of the State to write a strong-worded protest letter to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over the harassment of the State’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Siminalaye Fubara.
Governor Wike gave the directive Friday at the Executive Chamber of Government House, Port Harcourt, after swearing-in three new commissioners.
The protest letter to be written to EFCC, Governor Wike said, is predicated on the fact that, recently, its officers attempted to harass and intimidate Fubara, who before he emerged as the PDP governorship candidate, had served as the Accountant General of Rivers State.
Governor Wike said EFCC needs to know that the era of impunity and flagrant disobedience to the rule of law is gone and his administration will not accept such behaviour.
He maintained that the attempt to harass the State PDP candidate will not be accepted as the State government will not hesitate to charge the EFCC for contempt.
“Rivers State government had a judgment against EFCC since 2007. The court said you (EFCC) have no business in the financial transactions of the (Rivers) State. EFCC has been struggling to set aside that judgement until now. They have not even appealed it.”
Governor Wike noted that nobody will accept the use of EFCC in such a political period to intimidate persons to achieve their skewed political goals.
“We are in a political period. People should not think that they will use EFCC to intimidate or manipulate him (Fubara). Nobody will accept that. So you (Attorney General) have to attach the judgment of the candidate against EFCC and send the right signal to them that we are not people that can be cowed.”
Governor Wike further directed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to commence diligent prosecution of the illegal financial dealings of the former Rivers State governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Tonye Cole, Sahara Energy and others over the sale of state assets.
“Attorney General, you’re at a critical period where people want to know what the State is going to do with the Judiciary Panel of Inquiry after the Supreme Court judgement on it. Luckily, you came at the right time when we have instituted criminal charges against the former governor (Amaechi), Sahara Energy, Tonye Cole and the rest of them.”
“So, you are coming at the right time to take over the matter and to make sure it is prosecuted diligently. I don’t want to hear excuses. Let the people see what happened to our money. The world will see how 50 million Dollars from our account was moved to a company without anything to show whether there was a business.”