EFCC vs Rivers: Commission Challenges Injunction Stopping Investigations
By Joshua Ezedike
It does look like the Rivers State government may be about to forfeit the protection it has against the investigation of its finances by security agencies.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is challenging the perpetual court injunction that acquired under former Governor of the state, Peter Odili which stops the EFCC and other security body from investigating the finances of the state.
The Acting Executive Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu stated this while briefing newsmen when he visited Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital.
Magu said the injunction has been overtaken by events and can no longer stand. He said the EFCC is challenging the injunction at the Supreme Court.
In a related development, the commission says it recorded One Thousand, Two Hundred and Forty Five (1245) convictions, including the conviction of three governors in the year 2019.
According to Magu, the number of convictions for the year 2019 is the highest the commission has recorded since it began.
He noted that the EFCC is determined to pursue more corruption cases in Nigeria this year 2020.
Also, the Acting EFCC Chairman reiterated that the Whistleblowing Policy is still in effect. He urged more people to alert the agency on any corruption matter they may be aware of adding that the EFCC has Witness Protection service for anyone who reports.