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Departure eve: Wike says not afraid of EFCC

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On the eve of his departure from the seat of power, the strong man of Rivers politics and governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has stubbornly declared he was not afraid of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Many had speculated that Wike would escape before expiry of his immunity cloak. There had been scare from the EFCC over alleged cash withdrawal of over N117billion from the Rivers treasury within a short period few years ago.

Some officials of the state government that had no immunity including the man being sworn in today were listed as wanted persons but they evaded arrest. Now, immunity cloak would come upon one of them.

Now, Wike seems sure nothing will happen to him after he has helped to produce the next president and the next governor of the state.

He has replied the critics and those hoping fervently for harm on him after May 29, 2023.

He has said he will not run from Rivers State. He said he is not afraid of the EFCC.

Wike made the remarks at the thanksgiving ceremony to mark the end of his eight years as governor.

The Rivers State governor declared that he would not be leaving the State, as he said he is not afraid of the EFCC.

“I am not running to anywhere. I will be here, of course, I know EFCC will not come. If they come, they have so much to go around and see. And they will say they are tired. They are watching everything we are doing. I am not afraid.”

The governor used the occasion to redeem the Rivers State government pledge to gift the Bishops of Ogoni, Okrika and Niger Delta dioceses vehicles. He also directed the bishops to go to the Ministry of Land on Monday and sign for Certificate of Occupancy for their private residence.

Earlier in his sermon, the Archbishop, Niger Delta Ecclesiastical Province/ Bishop, Diocese of Ikwerre, Most Rev Blessing C. Enyindah, commended governor Wike for successfully governing and transforming the State in the last eight years.

He advised Fubara to run an inclusive administration, ask for God’s wisdom in decision making and to stand firm for what is in the best interest of the state.