Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) rejected media reports alleging the involvement of its officials in a bribery scandal over the Gbaran Ubie Gas Project in Bayelsa State.
According to a statement by the publicity unit of the commission, there is no truth in the claim that officials of the Commission demanded gratification to influence the case.
“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to a report which was widely syndicated in the newspapers and online media on Monday, October 6, 2014, alleging the involvement of officials of the Commission in a bribery scandal over the Gbaran Ubie Gas Project in Bayelsa State.
“The report which is purportedly based on a petition to the House of Representatives by a certain Chidi David Adebanya ought to be ignored as the motive is essentially to befuddle the case pending against the petitioner at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
“The Commission is constrained to respond in the interest of readers who might have been misled by the sponsored story For the avoidance of doubt, there is no truth in the claim by Adebanya that officials of the Commission demanded gratification from him to throw the case,” parts of the EFCC statement read.
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It added that it was inconceivable that any official of the commission would ask for a bribe, let alone promising to make returns, to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke.
“The reality is that nothing of such happened. The contrivance is a ploy to discredit the case instituted by the EFCC against Adebanya."
EFCC said the petitioner was currently standing trial before the Federal High Court, Abuja on charges of obtaining money under false pretence.
It is alleged he used his position as Interface Manager for Shell to extort his employer through a phony consultancy in connivance with officials of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Urban Development.
He allegedly awarded himself a consultancy contract using his company “Forstech” being run by his girlfriend, Uzoma Ibe, an accomplice”.
The Commission said the “team” milked Shell of N1.9 billion in consultancy charges for the Gbaran Ubie gas project.
“It is regrettable that a section of the media bought this gambit by rushing to publish without any attempt at verifying the claim or seeking the views of the Commission on the purported allegation,” EFCC stated.
- CAJ News