By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT— Rivers State chapter of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has called for investigation into the issues that led to the sack of Mr. Emeka Wogu as Commissioner for Special Duties in the state.
ACN, in a statement in Port Harcourt by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jerry Needam, said it was not enough to sack the commissioner following allegations by the governor that funds were released to him to acquire fire fighting vehicles and refurbish equipments in the ministry to enhance emergency response operations.
He said the allegations should be thoroughly investigated and if the former commissioner was found wanting, he should be prosecuted accordingly.
The party said it would not hesitate to drag the sacked commissioner before Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, if the state government failed to order a thorough investigation into the activities of the former commissioner.
He said: “The investigation and prosecution of Wogu have become imperative following revelations by Governor Chibuike Amaechi that tax payers’ money was voted and released to the sacked commissioner for the purchase of new trucks, rehabilitation of old ones and acquisition of working implements for the state Fire Service.”
ACN said it was regrettable that despite the alleged release of funds to the office of the former commissioner to effectively tackle emergency situation, the ministry could not mobilise to tackle the outbreak of fire in Gambia Street, Port Harcourt on January 1, that resulted in the loss of valuables with millions of naira.
The party warned the state government to stop shielding alleged corrupt politicians in its circle.