Amaechi berates EFCC over invitation to aides

By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT — THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has
invited three local government area chairmen and two Commissioners in
Rivers State. Those invited are the Chairmen of Obio/Akpor, Ikwerre and
Port Harcourt Local Government Areas. Also invited were the
Commissioner for Finance and his counterpart in the Local Government
Affairs.

Describing the action of the anti-graft agency as intimidation,
Governor Chibuike Amaechi, who spoke yesterday, at a summit organised
by the Ministry of Information in Port Harcourt on "Public
communication as a tool for good governance", said the agency was
being reckless.

He cautioned the anti graft agency not to be used as a political tool.
The Governor, who said he was provoked by the action of the agency,
wondered why the agency embarked on such action in his state, when
there was a subsisting high court order, restraining it from such.

He said they should first vacate the order before embarking on such
mission. According to him, anything short of the foregoing was
recklessness.

“I had challenged EFCC to go and discharge an existing court
injunction, but they are living in disobedience. There is an injunction
of a Federal High Court. That injunction is still there but they have
refused to obey it. What are they doing here? Today EFCC has become a
political tool."

The Governor said he was surprised that the EFCC was in his state at a
time election was around the corner, an action he said made their
mission to the state politically motivated. He said he would not be
cowed because he has the support of the people on his side. “If they
come only during elections, then it means they want to intimidate us.
I will use the power of the people against them,” he said.

The governor who got occasional applause as he spoke said he would
continue to run a transparent government in the state. He challenged
those interested in his job to engage him in a public debate.

He added that EFCC should go to areas where there are no performance
records. The governor who used the occasion of the summit to reel out
some of the achievements of his administration in the last three years,
said they include provision of health centres, model schools with ICT
equipment and e-libraries, construction of new roads and rehabilitation
of old ones and so on .

“We are building 350 schools at 29 billion. In our primary schools each
of them has computers. We got uniforms, sandals and books for our
students. By October 1st we will launch it”. The governor said his
administration had mapped out plans to link the TransAmadi road to the
East West road, saying it would ease up traffic in the state.

The governor who literarily fingered his political detractors as being
behind the visit of the EFCC to the state wondered why some of those
that had led in the past relocated to Abuja. “I challenged those who
say they want the governorship of Rivers state to a debate. What chased
them to Abuja? All of them were living here. But they could not stay.
Before all Commissioners in the state drove bullet proof cars. But it
is no longer so.

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Comment by OVUSIKE OGBARA on September 3, 2010 at 8:47am
Gov. Rotimi, should allow the antigraft agency to do their job. if it is a political detractor, they will surely face nemesis some day. But if there is a court injunction already, then the EFCC should settle that before anything. Pls. Thadeus, can u go through this article again or i suggest that u mind ur words. Amaechi is speaking based on the injunction passed by the Federal High Court.
Comment by fineworker thadeus on September 3, 2010 at 7:50am
Gov Amaechi should allow the efcc to do there job even if it is politically motivated.If he has no skeleton in his cupboard why is afraid of efcc or is he seeking an injuction so that he will not be investigated? His so self claimed transperent government is about to be verifyed by the efcc and he is panicking please let him tell himself the truth and not deceive the masses.

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