The Rivers state government has kicked against report in the media that three of its officials are in the process of being interrogated over withdrawal of 118 billion Naira from the state account according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The state, in a statement over the weekend described the report as a media trial and subjugate due to existing perpetual injunctions barring EFCC for investigating the alleged withdrawal of funds from the state account.
Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim said Rivers state will not succumb to ”blackmail” and “political witch-hunt.”
“ For the avoidance of doubt, no official of the Rivers State Government would appear before the EFCC until the subsisting judgments in favour of the Rivers State Government are set aside on appeal. “
“Resorting to the Media can only be described as cheap blackmail and witch-hunt to turn away public attention from the development strides in the State.”
“This media trial that they engage in all the time will not take the place of our extant laws no matter how hard they try.”
“The EFCC should stop playing to the gallery and pursue its war against corruption within the ambits of the law.”
“Rivers State Government is committed to the Rule of Law and cannot be intimidated by the EFCC. “
“Those who want to use the EFCC to promote their political agenda in the State will fail because we know their antics.”
“Targeting Rivers State for this occasional media trial should be seen by the public for what it is, “political witch-hunt”,he said .