Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has refuted utterances attributed to its Executive Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, suggesting President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration “starved’ the agency of funds.
The organisation said it been drawn to a report published in one of the local media in which Lamorde was quoted as indicting the out-going administration of poor performance.
“The Commission takes exception to this report which is pure fabrication by the author for reason best known to him. In the first place, Lamorde who is currently out of the country did not speak with the media and could not have made the comments attributed to him by The Sun newspapers,” stated EFCC.
It said the occasion that provided the basis for the “false report” was a media briefing by Wilson Uwujaren, spokesperson of the EFCC, who addressed more than 40 journalists from over 30 media organizations at the Commission’s monthly media briefing in Abuja on Monday.
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“At no time during the event did Uwujaren comment on the performance or lack of it, by the Jonathan administration let alone accusing it of poor performance or starving the Commission of funds,”
EFCC claimed the official had only been asked a question on the Commission’s view on the focus which the in-coming Buhari administration places on the fight against corruption, to which he responded that the Commission, like most Nigerians who are bothered about the problem of corruption, welcomed the focus which he believed would further empower the EFCC in the pursuit of its mandate of fighting economic crimes and corruption.
“It is a great disservice to society when journalists fabricates and twist issues to serve motives that are not altruistic,” EFCC stated.
- CAJ News