A top Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigator, Mr. Austin Okwor has reportedly been shot by gunmen.
The victim was said to be handling some “sensitive” cases, including those of some judicial officers and had been receiving threat messages before the incident.
But the EFCC said Okwor, who escaped death by the whiskers, was responding to treatment.
A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the anti-graft agency, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the incident had been reported to the police for investigation.
The statement said: “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.
“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.”