Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

(By Chris K,Amadi)-Justice George Omereji of the High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to pay the fine of six hundred million naira in exemplary damages for attempting to investigate and subsequently declaring two officials of the Rivers state government wanted.

The revered judge gave the ruling in a fundamental human rights matter brought by the Accountant General of Rivers state, Frederick Abere and a retired Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local government Affairs, Lekia Bukpo, restated that the EFCC has no right to investigate the State government or its officials.

Justice Omereji said he is embarrassed by the actions of the EFCC who he said failed to appeal the judgments against it but resorted to self help by inviting the officials.

He urged the EFCC to first vacate the subsisting order made by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court inorder to be at liberty to inquire into the accounts of Rivers State government.

Justice Omereji also declared that the Letter of invitation of the EFCC is in disobedience to the court order and malicious adding that only the Rivers state House of Assembly has the right to investigate the financial activities of the State government.