Our Top Investigator Shot By Gunmen In PH – EFCC

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BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that one of its top investigators, Mr. Austin Okwor escaped death by the whiskers on Saturday, June 24, 2017 when gunmen opened fire on him in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. 

A statement by the spokesman of the Commission, Wilson Uwujaren explained that Okwor, an operative in the Property Fraud Section of the Agency’s Zonal office in Port Harcourt, had closed late for the day and as he left office, he was suddenly accosted by a gang of daredevil hoodlums who opened fire on him. 

The EFCC said luckily for Okwor, he was able to shake off his assailants but not without sustaining some bullet wounds as they kept firing at him.

Uwujaren further said; “He was rushed to a private hospital in Port Harcourt where he is currently receiving treatment. 

“According to Ishaq Salihu, Head of the Zonal office, the incident has already been reported to the Police in Port Harcourt. 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 sometimes 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 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,” Uwujaren said.

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