The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has charged Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to sack the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu over the freezing of the accounts of Benue and Akwa Ibom States.
The governor gave the charge in an interview with journalists at Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike said that Magu’s action was tantamount to overthrowing the duly-elected governments of both states.
He added that the EFCC Chairman’s action was worse than Tuesday’s invasion of the National Assembly Complex by masked and heavily-armed agents of the Department of State Security (DSS).
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Wike, who commended Osinbajo’s prompt sack of the Director General of DSS, Lawal Daura, urged him to replicate same with Magu.
He added that the condemnation of Magu’s action by the Nigeria Governors Forum was not enough.
Wike further noted that only the sacking and prosecution of Magu would end the “impunity” that has become a regular feature of the work of the anti-graft body.
He said, “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 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 engages on reckless anti-democratic actions.
“This impunity must stop”.