- EFCC says it is not part of any alleged political script by Senate President Saraki
- The anti-corruption agency says freezing of accounts of Akwa Ibom and Benue followed thorough investigations and was not part of a political plot
- The agency hoped politicians would confirm their facts before making comments as the presidential aide did
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has described as outrageous allegations reportedly made by President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide Babafemi Ojudu linking the anti-corruption body with some political controversies in the country.
Premium Times reports that the EFCC, in a statement signed by its spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren, took exception to being accused of reportedly freezing accounts of Benue and Akwa Ibom in some political plot.
The agency accused the Senior Adviser on Political Matters to President Buhari of watering down EFCC’s hard-work to mere stunt in a grand political game.
It declared that it has nothing to do with the president of the Nigerian Senate Bukola Saraki and hoped the presidential aide and other politicians would watch their words in future.
EFCC’s statement read: "The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a widely syndicated article by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser to the President on Political Matters entitled, fifth Columnists in Our Recent History, wherein he portrayed the Commission as a conscript in the devious plots by Senator Bukola Saraki to undermine the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
"According to Ojudu, “From the shenanigans at the Benue House of Assembly, to the siege on National Assembly, the attack on judges home in the night, the so called barricade of the Senate President’s house, the laughable kidnap of Boy Dino and “his eleven hours on a tree’, the freezing of Benue and Akwa Ibom accounts all are scripted, produced and acted by Oloye Productions”.
"The Commission takes exception at the attempt to impute false motive to its investigative activities. The recent placement of a ‘Post No Debit Order’ on some accounts in Benue and Akwa Ibom States were the culmination of many months of painstaking investigation activities. To reduce such activities to the level of a stunt in a real or imaginary script by any politician is outrageous.
"It is important to state that the EFCC is NOT a party to the so called script by Saraki. Members of the public should disregard the innuendo in Ojudu’s article as it is unfounded.
"The Commission calls for circumspection on the part of political leaders, while urging them to seek clarification before making comments on matters they do not know about."
In a separate but related event, NAIJ.com had reported that the special adviser to the president on political matters, Babafemi Ojudu, accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being behind the Tuesday, August 7, siege on the National Assembly by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Ojudu made the claim on Wednesday, August 8, when speaking on a Channels TV programme Sunrise Daily.
The presidential aide insisted that there was a collusion between the opposition party and security agencies to elicit emotions of Nigerians for Senate president, Bukola Saraki.
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