Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said one of the top investigators at its south-south zonal office has been shot by gunmen in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The operative, Austin Okwor, was shot by gunmen while returning home after closing from work last Saturday in the city.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren who made this known in a statement explained that the operative managed to escape from his assailants, but suffered gunshot wound, and is now receiving treatment in a private hospital.
Uwujaren said the officer who was one of the EFCC operatives investigating some sensitive cases including those involving some alleged corrupt judges.
According to him, the injured operatives who is attached to the property fraud section of EFCC Zonal Office has earlier received a message of threat to his life last May which was reported to the Police.
He noted that, “This incident underlines the hazards which operatives of the Commission are daily exposed to in the discharge of their duties.”
He added 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.”
He said, “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 stated.