*As Anti-graft Agency Fumes
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State in the 2023 general election, , on Tuesday night played a fast one on operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as he escaped an attempt to arrest him. His escape drama played out at the Port Harcourt International Airport as the plane ferrying him and other PDP chieftains who had accompanied him to Abuja to receive his Certificate of Return touched down at the airport.
Information gleaned from reliable sources say as EFCC operatives moved in to effect his arrest, some youths believed to be his supporters, reportedly resisted the officials whom they also attacked physically leaving some of the agents with injuries.
Fubara, who won the state PDP governorship primary on May 25, was later spotted at state party secretariat where he addressed party supporters and stakeholders after the drama at the airport.
In his reaction to enquiries on the matter, Rivers State Police Commissioner, Friday Eboka, said he is yet to be aware of the incident, adding however, that the airport was outside of his jurisdiction.
“At the Airport? Well, I am not aware. The airport is not under me. The airport and seaport have their own commissioners of police,” Eboka reportedly stated.
A reliable EFCC source confirmed to this medium that there was indeed an attempt by the anti-graft agency to arrested Fubara. The source also confirmed the assault and injuries on a number of it operatives involved in the botched attempt, citing a released already issued on the matter.
In the said release, an obviously angst Antigraft agency condemned what it referred to as ‘the blatant attempt to obstruct justice,’ insisting that non should take its civility for granted.
“The armed thugs assaulted operatives of the Commission who demonstrated commendable restraint under extreme provocation. The Commission condemns the blatant attempt to obstruct justice, warning that its civility should not be taken for granted,” the statement read in part.
It would recalled that the anti-graft agency declared Fubara, the immediate past Accountant General of Rivers state, and three other top state government officials, wanted in connection to an alleged N117 billion fraud.