A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, today Tuesday 22nd November, 2022 has granted leave of Service, via newspaper publication within seven (7) days on the Governorship Candidate of People’s Democratic party (PDP) and former Accountant General in the Rivers State Civil service, Mr. Sim Fubara over One Hundred and Seventeen Billion (117,000.000.000.00) withdrawal and missing Rivers State money.
A group, the Initiative for Transparent Strategy and Good Leadership had dragged the Rivers State attorney-general and commissioner for justice and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja over their failure to prosecute the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Siminalaye Fubara and others for alleged fraud.
The group, in the suit numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/1399/2022, asked the court to mandate the commissioner for justice to immediately arrest Fubara, who is also the immediate-past accountant-general of Rivers State, over his pending fraud case before the EFCC.
The group also sought for an order mandating and compelling the attorney-general to make public, Rivers State government document, authorising Fubara to physically access and withdraw a whooping N117 billion.
Joined in the suit are three state government officials, including: Harrisonba Bessi Princewill, Lekia V. Bukpor, 7. Dagogo Roddick Abere.
The court documents obtained reads in part: “A declaration that the refusal and failure of the first and second defendants to comply with the request of the plaintiff dated 21st June, 2022, is in outright denial of the plaintiff’s right to access information within their custody or possession and thus offends provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.
In view of the foregoing, the Court in its wisdom granted a leave of Service to the plaintiffs in the case between Initiative For Transparent Strategy And Good Leadership, Attorney General of Rivers State, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC and Mr. Sim Fubara in the case of the missing 117billion.