Gunmen shoot top EFCC investigator
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said that one of its top investigators, was shot by unknown gunmen in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the investigator, Mr. Austin Okwor, who is attached to the Property Fraud Section of the EFCC Zonal Office in Port-Harcourt, was involved in the investigation of high-profile cases, including those involving some judicial officers.
Uwujaren said the operative was attacked on June 24, on his way from work.
He added that prior to the attack, Okwor had received threat messages from unknown sources, one of which was received in May.
Uwujaren said: “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 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 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 sometime in May 2017 was reported to the Police.”