Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has called on the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to sack the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, for overthrowing the Governments of Benue and Akwa Ibom States .
In an interview with Journalists, on Thursday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Governor Wike stated that the freezing of the accounts of the two States, is more grievous than the invasion of the National Assembly by the sacked Director General of the Department Of State Security Services, DSS.
He stated that the unconstitutional freezing of the accounts of the two States, is tantamount to the closure of the Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary of the two States.
“I am calling for the sack of the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, for overthrowing a tier of Government. The mere fact that the two accounts have been re-opened, does not mean that a crime was not committed.
“When you freeze the account of the State Government, you have overthrown that Government. Without funds, a State cannot function. This means the shutdown of Government business at Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary, in the affected States.”
The Governor, further stated that the impunity of the EFCC can no longer be overlooked, because it has the capacity to destroy democracy.
He disclosed that the condemnation of the EFCC’s illegality, by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, is not enough, noting that the Governors Forum must stand up to defend the independence of States, as the second tier of Government.
Governor Wike also called for the prosecution of Ibrahim Magu, saying that, if the Director General of the DSS can be sacked for overthrowing just one arm of Federal Government, then Magu should be sacked.
He said: “The Chairman of that Agency overthrew the Governments of Benue and Akwa Ibom States. Remember that this country is a Federation, consisting of Federating Units. As a Federal system, we have three tiers of Government. These tiers of Government share the funds that accrue to the Federation, monthly.
“It disheartens some of us to see the inconsistency of this Government. This particular Agency thrives on impunity. It disobeys court orders at will, and on reckless anti-democratic actions. This impunity must stop.”
Governor Wike pointed out that when the Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, was still in the APC, the State Government accounts were never frozen.
He also traced the Freezing of the Akwa Ibom State Government Accounts, to the defection of the former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
The Governor, noted that the ultimate target of the APC Federal Government was Rivers State, where the APC has been using the EFCC to perpetrate illegality.
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