Rivers Govt Denies Withdrawing N11bn, Tells EFCC To Operate Within The Law

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Read the state government’s
statement below…

The attention of the Rivers State
Government has been drawn to a
publication in The Punch
newspaper of Friday, 24/06/ 2016.

The report alleges that one “Mr
Kinsgsely Fubara”, said to be a
Director of Finance and
Administration, in the Rivers State
Government House, made repeated
financial withdrawals from the
Central Bank of Nigeria and Zenith
Bank, to the tune of 11 billion
Naira.

According to the report, the
“suspicious withdrawals” on behalf
of the Rivers State Government
were made between December 2015
and February 2016.

The government categorically
denies this fabricated and
irresponsible publication by the
Punch.

The Rivers State Government never
conducted such financial
transactions and the report is
patently false.

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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))
and the Punch newspaper to
embarrass the State Government
and deceive the public.

The Punch report also indicated
that 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.

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.

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But the story raises fundamental
questions about the moral horror
that confronts a nation where an
anti-graft agency becomes 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.

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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 to be in 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.

Signed:
Dr. Austin Tam-George,
Commissioner for Information and
Communication,