The Buhari led Government has ordered the EFCC to investigate what it describes as suspicious withdrawals by Governor Wike of Rivers State to tune of over 11 billion naira from the state’s treasury.
The monies were purportedly withdrawn, in cash and in tranches, from Rivers State Government’s account lodged at CBN by a Director of Finance from the Government House, Mr. Kingsely Fubara.
EFCC has also been instructed to probe a bank transfer of 1.5 billion naira from the same CBN account to a Zenith bank account belonging to one Mr. Samuel Anya.
An operating document in EFCC’s custody shows how the monies were withdrawn by the said Mr. Fubara.
According to the document, Mr. Fubara made a five time withdrawal in January alone.
The withdrawals happened in this sequence: N849.5m withdrawn on January 5; N300m on January 7; N250m on January 14; N750m on January 15; and N200m on January 22, respectively.
In February, the sequence of withdrawals were these: N500m on February 1; N600m on February 2; N300m on February 4; N200m on February 5; N1bn on February 8; and N1.2bn on February 9.
All withdrawn monies was in cash.
According to the EFCC source, “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.
“The money was from the state’s account with CBN through the transfer of the money to his account 0248922015 with Zenith Bank.”
In a quick reaction, the Rivers State Government stated that “It is clear that the EFCC is now a fully integrated unit of the All Progressives Congress.
“Their sole mandate is to hunt down opposition politicians and critics of the Federal Government. When will this embarrassing media roulette they call anti-corruption fight come to an end?”