The Rivers State Government has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to shun partisan politics and operate within the law.
The state government, speaking through the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George, on Saturday, was reacting to a publication by The PUNCH of alleged suspicious withdrawals of N11bn by one Kingsley Fubara.
Fubara, identified as the Director of Finance and Administration in the Rivers State Government House, was, according to the EFCC, behind repeated withdrawals on behalf of the state government.
But Tam-George said the Rivers State Government neither knew Fubara nor conducted such financial transactions between December 2015 and February 2016 as indicated.
Tam-George, in a statement, said, “The attention of the Rivers State Government has been drawn to a publication in The PUNCHnewspaper of Friday, June 24, where the report alleged that one ‘Mr. Kingsley 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 N11bn.
“According to the report, the ‘suspicious withdrawals’ on behalf of the Rivers State Government were made between December 2015 and February 2016. The Rivers State Government never conducted such financial transactions and the report is patently false. The Rivers State Government has no record of any staff known as Kingsely Fubara,”
He noted that report had also indicated that the Attorney General of the Federation directed the EFCC to probe the alleged withdrawals, noting that the state government viewed the directive as “manifestly illegal and ridiculous proposition.”
He further said, “By law, the Rivers State Government is accountable to the Rivers State House of Assembly and the people of Rivers State and not to the Attorney General of the Federation.
“Has the EFCC ever heard of one Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers State and current Minister of Transport?
“Despite receiving over N3tn 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.”