If not for providence, Mr. Austin Okwor, a senior investigator in the Property Fraud Section of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Zonal office in Port Harcourt, would have been dead as suspected notorious gunmen shot him.
National Daily gathered that the official was attacked on June 24, 2017, just as he closed late from work and was going home and suddenly he was accosted by a gang of daredevil hoodlums who opened fire on him.
Fortunately, he was able to escape from the assailants but not without sustaining some bullet wounds as they kept firing at him.
It was further learnt that he was rushed to a private hospital in Port Harcourt where he is receiving treatment.
According to the Head of the Zonal office, Ishaq Salihu, the incident has been reported to the Police in Port Harcourt and investigation has begun.
Okwor is one of the operatives investigating some sensitive cases including that of those concerning some corrupt judicial officials.
EFCC revealed that before he was attacked, the officer had been receiving threat messages adding that one of such messages which he received was in May 2017 and was reported to the Police.
It would be recalled that on the 14 September 2010, 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 who were returning to Enugu after a court appearance in Owerri, Imo state were attacked by gunmen who opened fire on them.
In the process, Sergeant Eze Edoga the police escort was shot dead while a senior counsel with the Commission, Joseph Uzor was critically wounded but survived.