- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has been drawn to an advertorial by the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria
- EFCC said it is in no way averse to any criticisms but such must be constructive and not meant to serve the selfish interests of corrupt elements in the society
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has attacked the newspaper proprietors for trying to allegedly hiding truth after the raid on The Sun Newspaper.
NAIJ.com gathered that the EFCC attention was drawn to an advertorial by the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria which appeared in a number of newspapers including Leadership and This Day, on Tuesday, June 19.
The advertorial, signed by Nduka Obaigbena, was reportedly unsparing in its condemnation of the so-called invasion of the SUN Newspaper by the EFCC on June 12.
It claimed that the commission’s presence at The Sun was an affront on freedom of expression of the media especially journalists on the stable of The Sun.
The EFCC said that its presence at The Sun was to verify the current status of assets that are the subject of a subsisting interim forfeiture order.
The anti-graft agency said NPAN was sweeping in its conclusion that the manner of the invasion tends to suggest that the EFCC was out on a self-help mission, a voyage to intimidate journalists, criminalise journalism and cower free speech.
''While it is normal for an association to protect the interest of its members, NPAN’s defence of The Sun is suspicious.
''Indeed, it rankles to see NPAN elevate the propaganda of The SUN to the level of truth, without any attempt by it to verify the true situation from the EFCC.
''It would appear that the union and those hiding under its umbrella are more interested in vilifying the Commission than any claim to protecting the interest of publishers and practitioners of journalism profession in Nigeria.
''It was said that the President of NPAN, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, has been weeping more than the bereaved as far as The SUN's episode is concerned.
''Not only has he granted interviews to lampoon Magu and the EFCC, he has syndicated feature stories and advertorials in several newspapers to condemn the Commission and its leadership.
''Those who are not familiar with the relationship between the EFCC and Obaigbena may be inclined to believe that he was actually pursuing the interest of a member of his association. But that is far from the case.
''Since the Commission released him on bail after he was arrested and detained over the investigation of the mega sleaze in the Office of the National Security Adviser under Col. Sambo Dasuki, Obaigbena has not missed any opportunity to denigrate the EFCC and its leadership.
''Obaigbena has deployed his media platforms as the official organ for all the anti-establishment forces baying for the blood of Magu and the EFCC.
''It is no secret that some NPAN members are yet to forgive the Commission for the money recovered from them in the course of the ONSA investigation.
''Nigeria is bigger than any individual and NPAN must be mindful not to allow members to hijack its platform to pursue personal interests.
''The commission is in no way averse to criticisms but such must be constructive and not meant to serve the selfish interests of corrupt elements in our society," the EFCC said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com TV Video of Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the raid of the Sun Newspapers headquarters by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, June 12.
The former minister urged Nigerians to endure with President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, adding that the regime will soon be history.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV Video of the EFCC staging a walk against corruption: