The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating what it described as a suspicious transaction of N117bn by Rivers State government in three years, Daily Trust reports.
Already, sources at the anti-graft agency told Daily Trust that the Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Olisamedua Amangbo, has been questioned over the transaction. Zenith Bank allegedly made about N5bn from charges on the transaction.
The EFCC is also seeking to quiz officials of the Rivers State government, including the Director of Finance and Accounts of the Government House. Money laundering is suspected by the anti-graft commission
However, in a statement issued yesterday, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has vowed that no official of the state will honour any invitation by the EFCC, which he accused of carrying out politically-motivated investigations.
He asked the anti-graft agency to approach the Court of Appeal to set aside the 2007 Judgment barring the commission from investigating the state.
In the statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu quoted Governor Wike as describing the alleged action of the EFCC as a “political witch-hunt”.
The governor said:
“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. They filed for leave to appeal the judgment at the Court of Appeal. Until they set aside the judgment, we will not come. “