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N100bn fraud: EFCC keeps ex-gov Odili under surveillance

24 October 2016, 12:03

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has put a former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, under surveillance, Punch reports.

A top operative of the EFCC, said the commission was making fresh efforts to vacate the perpetual injunction, which was granted by a Port Harcourt High Court.

The ‘Interim Report of the EFCC on Governor Peter Odili’ had alleged that “over N100bn of Rivers State funds have been diverted by the Governor, Dr. Odili”, and contained serious allegations of fraud, conversion of public funds, and money laundering, among others.

Odili, as the sitting governor of Rivers State, had approached the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt in February 2007, asking it to grant him an order preventing any law enforcement agency from arresting, harassing and prosecuting him for fraud.

On March 23, 2007, Justice Ibrahim Buba granted Odili’s prayers, including a declaration that the EFCC investigations were invalid, unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void.

He also granted an injunction restraining the EFCC and the other defendants from publicising the report of the investigation; and an injunction restraining the EFCC from any further action in relation to the alleged economic and financial crimes.

On Sunday, the source said that the EFCC had not been able to reopen fresh investigation into the case of the former Rivers State governor because of the subsisting restraining order, which was granted in March, 2007, by Justice Buba according to blacknaija.

It was stated that the commission had assigned operatives to monitor the ex-governor pending the time the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt would determine the matter.

- News 24

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