JUST IN: Top EFCC investigator shot

EFCC operative
EFCC operative

A top investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has escaped death by the whiskers when gunmen opened fire on him  in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Austin  Okwor, an operative in the Property Fraud Section of the EFCC Zonal office in Port Harcourt, had closed late for the day  on June 24, and as he left office, he was suddenly accosted by a gang of hoodlums who opened fire on him, a statement by the anti-graft agency said.

“Luckily for him, he was able to shake off his assailants but not without sustaining some bullet wounds as they kept firing at him,” the statement by Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesman for the commission, said.

“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 Harcourt.”

Mr. Okwor is one of the operatives investigating some sensitive cases including that pertaining to corrupt judicial officials, Mr. Uwujaren said.

The commission said 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, the commission said.

“This incident underlines the hazards which operatives of the Commission are daily exposed to in the discharge of their duties,” the statement said.

Mr. Uwujaren recalled that in September 14, 2010, the head of the Commission’s Forensic Unit, Abdullahi Muazu, was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Kaduna. 

Six months earlier, the commission said, a team of prosecutors returning to Enugu after a court appearance in Owerri, Imo State, was attacked by gunmen who opened fire on them. 

Eze Edoga,  the police escort, was cut down while a senior counsel with the Commission, Joseph Uzor, was critically wounded but survived.


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  • amazing2012

    God will be on your side.

  • Spyman29

    RIP, looters will NEVER win

    • Emeka

      Why RIP? He didn’t die, he survived and presently receiving treatment in a private hospital… or did you read a different story from the one I read?

      • Dan Arewa

        Probably the spyman did not spy very well. He might have just read the heading.

      • Olu Osinubi

        He read the story upside down nah!!!!!!!

        • realist

          You won kill me with laughter. O ga.

      • Frank Bassey

        You don’t respond to such hypocrites.

        • serubawon70

          Which one be hypocrite? Hypocracy na inability to comprehend? I dey laugh

          • Frank Bassey

            Check it out. When you hear the word ‘LOOTER’, the ‘saint’ is stark hypocrite.

  • Mohammed Alimu Mohammed

    May the Almighty Allah protect all the EFCC personnel from the corrupt and evil doers.

  • Tommy Soto

    The FG government should do everything within it’s power to find and dock the culprits, and their sponsors.

    Waiting on Gov. Wike’s public announcement on his twitter page denigrating this heinous crime . I know the NASS legislooters both state and federal will remain silent, as well as the judiciary.

  • George

    Everything and anything is possible in that country. I doubt every stories.

  • realist

    Every job has his risk and challenges, be it public or private. EFCC likely because of the nature would attract more risks, so whosoever takes up the job must bear it in mind. Is like enlisting one as a soldier… from day one you know is a matter of life and death.

    • Frank Bassey

      Precisely. You are on point.

  • Frank Bassey

    It could also be that he had stepped on sore toes through witch-hunting.

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      The witch-hunt?, you must be sick

      • Frank Bassey

        If by now you still believe the EFCC has any atom of integrity by the way they have carried out their “job” your brain is dehydrated.

        • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

          I can see where you belong. Can you name any of those being investigated has being innocent? If you are now trying to tell some party members have not been tried,then your brain must have been vaporized, te te.

          • Frank Bassey

            Where is the Osinbajo report on Babachir Lawal and Oke? By the way, who decides on who to investigate? I am not surprised at your comment because all you understand easily is CHILD MARRIAGE and VIOLENCE. This is beyond humans with cattle brain.

  • Alpa Edmond Goodman

    ,,,,,,,,,, NOTHING MORE THAN A CASE OF OUR corrupted imbeciles FIGHTING BACK ,,,,,,,,,,,, Austin Okwor’s odyssey , a risk our government don’t recognise and never appreciate ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, TOO BAD IN A MIS-NORMAL COUNTRY.

  • omokaro1

    The looters will know no-peace; their dasardly worlds shall be destroyed!

  • marc umeh

    I hope these brave men are allowed to carry concealed hand gun. They should also receive military training. They are in a very dangerous profession.