A top investigator with the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) on June 24, 2017 escaped death by the whiskers
when gunmen opened fire on him in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Mr. Austin Okwor, an operative in the Property Fraud Section of the
EFCC Zonal office in Port Harcourt, had closed late for the day, and as
he left the office, he was suddenly accosted by a gang of daredevil
hoodlums who opened fire on him. Luckily for him, he was able to shake
off his assailants but not without sustaining some bullet wounds as they
kept firing at him.
He was rushed to a private hospital in Port Harcourt where he is
receiving treatment. According to Ishaq Salihu, Head of the Zonal
office, the incident has already been reported to the Police in Port
Okwor is one of the operatives investigating some sensitive cases including that pertaining to corrupt judicial officials.
Before the incident, the officer had been receiving threatening
messages. One of such messages which he received sometime in May 2017
was reported to the Police.
This incident underlines the hazards which operatives of the Commission are daily exposed to in the discharge of their duties.
In 2010, precisely September 14, the head of the Commission’s
Forensic Unit, Abdullahi Muazu was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in
Six months earlier a team of prosecutors returning to Enugu after a
court appearance in Owerri, Imo state was attacked by gunmen who opened
fire on them. Sergeant Eze Edoga, the police escort, was cut down while a
senior counsel with the Commission, Joseph Uzor, was critically wounded