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Wike Denies Withdrawal Of N11b From Two Banks

Posted: Jun 26, 2016 at 6:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Daniel Abia

P/Harcourt – Rivers State Government has denied that N11billion was withdrawn from the government’s accounts in two banks within a space of three months.

One Mr. Kingsley Fubara, a Director of Finance and Administration, in the Rivers State Government House, was alleged to have made the withdrawals from the Central Bank of Nigeria and Zenith Bank.

“The Rivers State Government has no record of any staff known as Kingsely Fubara. This must be a fictional character created by the All Progressives Congress (APC)) to embarrass the state  government and deceive the public.

“The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe these so-called withdrawals. Such a directive, if true, would be a manifestly illegal and ridiculous proposition,” Wike said through his Commissioner for information, Dr. Austin Tam-George.

“By law, the Rivers State Government is accountable to the Rivers State House of Assembly and the people of Rivers State, not to the Attorney General of the Federation. This is a totally fictitious report typically orchestrated by the APC and its media allies” he said.

George argued that the story raises fundamental questions about the moral horror of an anti-graft agency that is now openly partisan in all its intentions and actions.

“There is universal concern that the EFCC is playing an extremely corrosive role in the current political dispensation. Rather than fight corruption in a professional and dispassionate manner, the EFCC behaves shamelessly like an integral organ of the APC.

“An anti-graft commission that targets only opposition politicians and critics of the failed policies of the APC government is a national embarrassment.

“Has the EFCC ever heard of one Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers State and current Minister of Transport? Despite receiving over three trillion Naira in eight years as governor, Amaechi left the most abandoned projects in the history of Rivers State, since 1967. Several petitions against Amaechi, supported by sworn affidavits, have all been summarily ignored by the EFCC.

“Even chieftains of the APC have publicly acknowledged Rotimi Amaechi’s stupendous financial contributions to the party’s presidential campaign in 2015.  These financial contributions, estimated at billions of Naira, constitute serious financial crime against the people of Rivers State.

“The Government and people of Rivers State will resist any politically-motivated targeting of its leaders by any agency of the Federal Government, by whatever name it is called”, George said in a statement on Saturday.