*moves to silence EFCC in Court
By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has vowed that his government will not accept any agency of the federal government to put it under unnecessary pressure and blackmail its leadership, especially now that the country is heading towards general elections.
He therefore, described as illegal and without any basis whatsoever, in law the action of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to paint some of the state government offices and companies, hence the resolve to check the commission’s action in a competent court of law.
A Government House statement in Bauchi on Sunday, said that the state government has secured the intervention of the court which granted an injunction restraining the EFCC from tempering with its property or doing anything capable of disrupting the smooth running of its machineries pending the hearing and determination of motion on notice.
The statement signed by the Special Adviser the governor on media and publicity, Mukhtar Mohammed Gidado said that the Court has listened to the points raised by the state government and agreed that the actions of the EFCC are prima facie illegal, hence their appearance before the court on 9th November, 2022.
“Government wishes to inform its citizens that the Court further directed the EFCC to remove the defacement it painted. It also wishes the citizens to reject the weaponized use of federal might to intimidate opponents as we head to elections in 2023”.
The Court, according to the statement, had wanted the commission to explain why it took the unwarranted action meant to destroy the economy of the state at a time when the government is doing everything possible to grow its Internally Generated Revenue to continue with its developmental projects for the betterment of its people.
Gidado recalled, “In the last one week, residents of Bauchi metropolis must have noticed that certain offices and companies of Government have been painted by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) in a Commando and kangaroo fashion meant to intimidate and distract government”.
Adviser Mukhtar Gidado then reassured citizens that the state government is a law abiding and it will continue to fight for their rights, noting that all these brazen invasions are coming days before the opposition party, the APC launch its gubernatorial campaign in the state.
“Perhaps the EFCC, knowing that the opposition party has nothing to offer in the state decided to provide it with a talking point. More so as the EFCC is fully aware that the state has established its Anti-Corruption Commission following which it wrote to the EFCC informing it”.
Gidado also urged the Bauchi citizens to remain steadfast in their support and to continue to believe that the best thing that has ever happened to the state is the dynamic Government of Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed.