Akwa Ibom govt raises alarm, says EFCC witch-hunt will scare away foreign investors

Akwa Ibom govt raises alarm, says EFCC witch-hunt will scare away foreign investors

- Akwa Ibom government has told EFCC to stop witch-hunting opposition

- It said the anti-graft activities would scare away foreign investors from Nigeria

- The acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, had on Monday, August 13, said there won't be any sacred cow in the war against corruption

The Akwa Ibom state government has raised alarm that activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), if not checked would scare away foreign investors from Nigeria.

The Sun reports that the commissioner for information and strategy, Charles Udoh, who stated this when he spoke with newsmen in Uyo, on August 13, said if the EFCC witch-hunt is allowed to continue, it would work against the growth of the nation.

NAIJ.com gathered that Udoh said if the anti-graft agency is continually used by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government as an attack tool against political opponents, investors would abandon Nigeria due to a feeling of insecurity.

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He said it is the height of impunity and insensitivity for an agency of the federal government to have frozen the account of a state government without any prior notice or communication.

He said such would never have occurred if the federal government had any iota of concern about the people of Akwa Ibom state, especially the public servants whose means of livelihood they shut.

Reacting to recent claims by the agency that N1.4 billion was traced to 11 accounts belonging to the Akwa Ibom government, Udoh declared such as false, maintaining that the agency had no valid reason for taking such step without any prior notice or communication.

He maintained that the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led administration thrives on integrity, transparency and accountability, hence its decision to consistently publish its account reports.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, dismissed the speculations that the anti-graft agency is being used to witch-hunt the perceived enemies of President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.

The Sun reported that he said the agency has secured a total of 150 convictions as at June 2018, which has proved that the agency has been working assiduously to nip corruption in the bud in the country.

It was gathered that Magu disclosed this at a stakeholders’ interactive session held at the premises of Ibadan zonal office of EFCC at Iyaganku, Ibadan, on Monday, August 13, on how to strengthen its partnership and collaborative efforts in the fight against corruption.

The meeting was attended by the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by its chairman in Oyo state, Waheed Olojede; Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by its state chairman, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu; founder of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke as well as National Orientation Agency (NOA) and Corrupt Practices Eradication Organisation of Nigeria (COPEON).

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Source: Naija.ng

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