A top investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Austin Okwor on June 24, narrowly escaped death when gunmen opened fire on him in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A statement by the Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren disclosed that Okwor who is 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 office, he was suddenly accosted by gunmen who opened fire on him but he was lucky enough to escape though with bullet wounds.
He was however rushed to a private hospital in Port Harcourt where he is receiving treatment.
According to the Head of the Zonal office, Ishaq Salihu,the incident has already been reported to the Police in Port Harcourt.
Uwujaren said; “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 threat 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”.
While listing similar cases, he noted that in 2010, precisely September 14, the head of the Commission’s Forensic Unit, Abdullahi Muazu was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Kaduna. 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 but survived.