Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied reports suggesting the arrest of People’s Democratic Party governorship candidate, Jarret Tenebe.
The anti-corruption agency said reports quoting unnamed sources at the EFCC made wide ranging allegations linking top government officials, both former and serving, to the activities of Tenebe, whom it nonetheless said was under investigation.
“The attributions ascribed to the unknown and unnamed EFCC source is shocking as it runs contrary to the established media protocol at the Commission,” EFCC stated.
“For the benefit of members of the public who may have been misled by the attributions, all information emanating from the EFCC to the media are authenticated by the designated official spokesperson, which is not the case with this report.”
It added that the report was an obvious attempt to tarnish the agency as a pliable institution that is susceptible to manipulation by vested interests.
“Claims, that the Commission has been under intense pressure from several quarters to muddle up the case in order to spring the suspect free is an ingenious invention to impugn the integrity of the EFCC,” the agency stated.
EFCC stated that no serving or former petroleum resources minister or public figure had been linked to the investigation in question.
“The Commission dissociates itself from the report in its entirety.”
– CAJ News