According to a report published by the Punch Newspapers, the probe is as a result of an alleged withdrawal of over N11b from the Rivers State government’s account that occurred between October 2015 and February 2016.
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, was said to have given the anti-graft agency the directive to conduct the investigation.
Wike In Big Trouble
It was alleged in the report that the Director of Finance and Administration of the Rivers State Government House, Kingsley Fubara, withdrew the funds from the government’s account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
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An EFCC source who spoke to the Punch Newspapers revealed that roughly N5.1b was withdrawn by Mr. Fubara in ten tranches between October and December 2015.
Mr. Fubara also withdrew another N6.1b from the same account in eleven tranches between January and February 2016.
The EFCC will also be investigating another suspicious transaction in which N1.5b was transferred from the government’s CBN account to a Zenith Bank account belonging to one Samuel Anya in late January 2016.
The source said;
“We were also asked to investigate the withdrawal of N1.5bn on or about January 27, 2016 by one Mr. Samuel Anya of 69B Forces Avenue, old GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, from the State’s account with CBN through the transfer of the money to his account 0248922015 with Zenith Bank.”
Reacting to the allegation, Commissioner for Information and Communications Rivers State, Mr. Austin Tam-George, denied the allegations made by the EFCC.
Mr Tam-George in his reaction said;
“It is clear that the EFCC is now a fully integrated unit of the All Progressives Congress with the sole mandate of hunting down opposition politicians and critics of the federal government.
“When will this embarrassing media roulette they call anti-corruption come to an end?”
This development is the latest scandal to hit both serving and past governors under the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in recent days.
As at the time of the report, Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has not issued any statement in response to the allegation. More details to unfold in the days ahead.