By George Onah
Port Harcourt—The Rivers State Government has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of attempting to destroy the economy of the state as well as that of the Niger Delta region as a whole.
The government also faulted claims by the commission that it plans to sponsor hoodlums to attack its offices, saying, “the claim is spurious. It is the EFCC that has embarked on a vendetta and witch hunt on the government of Rivers State.”
Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, who was reacting to a statement credited to the EFCC, yesterday, in Port Harcourt said, “not only has the agency taken on the unenviable role of distracting the Rivers State government, but it has employed de-marketing tactics to destroy the regional economy and has added to itself, the task of making the state ungovernable.”
According to her, “Rivers State as a government, would not have joined issues with EFCC, but it has become clear to us that what was meant to be a noble institution may have become a tool of oppression, mischief and cheap blackmail in the hands of unpatriotic and diabolical elements.
“Institutions of state are important and indeed venerable, and should be revered if our democracy must be strong. They must remain above board and not become political tools or pawns in the hands of mischief makers.”
She pointed out that “the sole purpoe of these enemies of the state is to take our beloved country and state back to the infamous years of violence, corruption and bad governance.
“This recent ploy is not only preposterous, but definitely a figment of someone’s imagination. Rivers State, under the focused leadership of Governor Chibuike Amaechi, would not be deterred from delivering on its mandate to give Rivers people a Rivers State that works.
“Rivers State is open for business and a crystal clear change is here today. Let men of good conscience be true to themselves,” she added.