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Rivers urges Magu to stop arrogating judicial powers to yourself

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The Rivers State Government has responded the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu said no judicial power to investigate the financial transactions of the state.

Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, remarked while reacting to in circulation credited to the EFCC on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.

Mr Magu earlier said while speaking Port Harcourt on Tuesday alleged that both Lagos and Rivers states were headquarters of money laundering.

He had noted that the court judgment restraining the Commission from probing Rivers State accounts would not stand.

In his words: “Nothing is going to stop us, even the issue of the court order allegedly obtained by Dr Peter Odili and others to stop the EFCC from investigation and prosecution has been overtaken by events.”

While reacting to the statement, Nsirim said the EFCC could only probe the State Government if it turned down judgement by the Federal High Court judgment that declared it could not investigate the financial transactions of the Rivers state.

“Magu cannot claim that the judgment cannot stand, except he wants Nigerians to believe that he has started issuing instructions to the Supreme Court.

“It is unfortunate that in a democracy, someone holding a public office would want to muzzle the court,’’ the commissioner said.

Pastor Nsirim also responded to the allegation that Rivers State government is the second capital of money laundering in Nigeria behind Lagos state, said the boss keeps wondering how the EFCC arrived at such conclusion.

“To justify this allegation, the EFCC should make public the names of people they have arrested and prosecuted in Rivers State over money laundering. If this is not done, Magu’s statement would just be seen as mere playing to the gallery to enjoy cheap publicity,” he said.

He noted that the government of Rivers state would support the crime commission corruption fight within the ambit of the law, but would not be part to subvert the rule of law in the state.

He further advised the acting chairman of the commission to be patient and restrain from the illegality of  ‘‘arrogating to himself the judicial powers of the courts.’’

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