Wike Calls For Magu‘s Sack For ‘Overthrowing’ Benue, A’Ibom Govts
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to sack the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr 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, Governor Wike said 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 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 two states.
“I am calling for the sack of the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu for overthrowing a tier 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 said that the impunity of the EFCC can no longer be overlooked because it has the capacity to destroy democracy.
He said the condemnation of the EFCC 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 if the Director General of 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 said when the Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom was still in the APC, the State Government accounts were never frozen. He said the action was because he defected.
He also traced the Freezing of Akwa Ibom State Government Accounts to defection of the Former Senate Minority Leader.
The governor said that the ultimate target of the APC Federal Government was Rivers State where the EFCC has been using the EFCC to perpetrate illegality.
Commenting on the defection of the Former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio , he said that it is not an important issue because it has not affected the structure of the PDP.
He said that at the appropriate time he will speak on the defection which has been brewing for two months.
He said that Nigerians will be shocked at what transpired before Akpabio defected. The governor added that there was no need highlighting an issue of no consequence.
EFCC FREEZING OF TWO STATE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS : WORST COUP IN NATION’S HISTORY
Governor Wike, in another statement, declared that the freezing of the accounts of Governments of Benue and Akwa Ibom States by the APC Federal Government through the EFCC is the worst coup since the return to democracy.
He stated that there is no worse form of impunity than attempting to cripple a tier of government simply because the APC Federal Government plans to attain unconstitutional political mileage.
Speaking on national issues at the Government House Port Harcourt on Thursday, Governor Wike said that the ultimate target of the APC Federal Government is Rivers State, where they have already detailed the EFCC to carry out very unconstitutional activities.
He said: “There is no worse impunity than for the EFCC to shutdown a tier of government through the freezing of the accounts of two State Governments.
“An agency of federal government has frozen the accounts of Akwa Ibom and Benue State Governments . This is the worst coup against the constitution and the law-abiding people of those states.
“But the target is not Benue or Akwa Ibom States. The real target is Rivers State. The EFCC as a federal agency has no business with State Funds. That is the responsibility of the State House of Assembly “.
He said that Rivers State Government under Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili obtained got a court judgment that the EFCC has no constitutional power to investigate state funds, pointing out that the EFCC is yet to vacate that order at a superior court.
Governor Wike noted that the APC Federal Government has continued to use the EFCC for illegal actions in Rivers State, despite the Attorney General of Rivers State writing to the EFCC and attaching the said judgement against the Federal Agency.
Governor Wike said that he is not moved by the sack of Former Director General of DSS, noting that it was a function of internal politics.
“If you are sacking Lawan Daura for coup at the National Assembly, what will you do with a man who overthrew two state governments through two separate coups?” he asked.
Governor Wike added that the APC Federal Government has enthroned a culture of impunity using all security agencies to destroy democracy.
He said: “The sack of the DG of DSS is mere internal politics. If not, even the Inspector General of Police has done worse.
“The Inspector General of Police invaded the Benue State House of Assembly.
“He also invaded the Rivers State High Court Complex. No action has been taken against the Inspector General of Police,” Wike concluded.
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