Following the invitation of a managing director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the executive governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike has sent a strong message to the commission’s boss, Ibrahim Magu to let him know that none of his staff would henceforth honour his invitation.
As gathered by NIGERIA NEWS, Wike made this known after Amangbo was invited by the EFCC to answer questions on transaction his bank had with the Rivers State Government specifically on a total sum of N117 billion.
Wike was reported to have accused the EFCC of politicising its investigation hence his reason to have disclosed that none of his officials would honour the commission’s invitation.
According to reports, Wike also claimed that the commission has been ordered by a court in 2007 never to investigate the Rivers State Government.
He, however, disclosed that except a higher court set aside the decision of the lower court on the matter he would continue to take his stand.
According to Wike who claimed to have had prior knowledge of the EFCC’s invitation even before it was issued, the commission is only witch hunting his aides and he would not allow that to happen.
In his words: “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,” he said in a statement issued on his behalf by Simeon Nwakaudu, his spokesman.
“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”.
Recalled that a report has been initially published by the Cable online on how the money in question was withdrawn by the Rivers State Government.
According to the report, “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.”
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