APC’s fabrications are shameful – EFCC

By Post Nigeria March 14, 2015 15:37

APC’s fabrications are shameful – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Friday lambasted the All Progressive Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation for making allegations that the Commission is biased in prosecuting high profile cases, declaring the claims as “absolutely false and patently untrue.”

The APC had earlier suggested that President Jonathan had ordered the agency to maliciously probe the financial operations of APC leaders but the anti-graft agency has described the allegation as false as they have released a statement and pictorial evidence to prove the APC’s claims were outrageously bogus.

The statement from the EFCC reads “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC wishes to alert the public about a letter supposedly from the office of the Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, mandating the Commission to initiate discreet investigation against some prominent political figures in the country.

“The Commission urges the public to discountenance the said letter as it is forged document, intended to mislead the people. The features of the letter are markedly different from that on a genuine letter from the office of the Chief of Staff to the President.”

Also the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren who spoke to journalists yesterday in Abuja said the agency was disappointed by the play of propaganda attributed to the APC Spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu who made the outrageous accusation.

Uwujaren said “It is regrettable that Shehu, a spokesperson of a leading presidential candidate will call the media to disparage a national agency that epitomises the nation’s fight against corruption.

“Were his views based on facts, it would not have been disturbing. The tragedy is that Shehu chose to amplify gossips, garnished with outright fabrication, to score cheap political points. The charges are particularly galling against the well-advertised commitment of the EFCC not to be dragged into the political fray ahead of the general elections.

“If Shehu has issues with the fight against corruption under President Jonathan, there are other ways of selling his party to the electorate rather than maligning the EFCC.

“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no truth whatsoever in the claims by Shehu that the EFCC Chairman is being accused of corruption by staff. There is also no truth in the allegation our workers are being owed salaries and entitlements for three months.”

“At a time when the rest of the world is commending the agency for recording 126 convictions in 2014, Shehu elected to dampen its morale with a disclaimer that is not based on fact.

“His claim that the EFCC has not recorded a single high profile conviction under President Jonathan is mischief taken too far. Only those not living in Nigeria will believe such hogwash’’