The Rivers State Government says it will initiate contempt proceedings against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, if continues to go after the flag bearer of the PDP, Siminialayi Fubara.

Wike, flays EFCC for harassing PDP’s flag bearer

Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike who made the remark while swearing three members of the State Executive Council observed that action of the EFCC was tantamount to a flagrant disrespect for the rule of law.

He directed the Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, to write a strong worded protest to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission.

Wike reiterated that the harassment of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Siminialayi Fubara is totally unacceptable.

He reminded the EFCC of a subsisting order of court debarring it from investigating the finances of the Rivers State Government.

“Rivers State government had judgment against EFCC since 2007. The court said you (EFCC) has 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.”

The Rivers Governor said people cannot use the anti-graft commission in these political times to pursue narrow parochial interests.

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“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.

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“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.”

Before his emergence as the PDP governorship candidate, Fubara had served as the Accountant General of Rivers State.

The records show that there is  a judgment against EFCC in a matter brought by the PDP governorship candidate.

In it, Fubara appealed to the court to protect his fundamental rights as a citizen.

There is however no evidence that the judgment enforcing Fubara’s rights under the law and the Constitution has been set aside.

The EFCC, Wike pointed out, ought  to appreciate the fact that the era of impunity and flagrant disobedience to the rule of law is long gone.

Wike on Friday swore in three new members of the State Executive Council.

They are Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon. Isaac Kamalu as Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning and Dr. George-Kelly Dakorinama Alabo as Commissioner for Works and Special Projects.