- Pantami, Nigeria's communication minister, has denied the fraud allegations against him by Sahara Reporters
- The online new media had reported that Pantami bought three houses for his three wives in Abuja within the short period of becoming a minister
- Reacting through his spokesperson, the minister denied the allegation, adding that he has not bought any house anywhere since assuming office
Nigeria's minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, has strongly denied the allegations of corruption levelled against him by Sahara Reporters.
The online news media had reported that Pantami bought three houses for his three wives in Abuja within the short period of becoming a minister.
However, reacting through his spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, Pantami denied buying houses for his wives after assumption of political office. He added that he has not bought any house anywhere in the world since assuming office.
“For the purpose of setting the records straight, the Honourable Minister has not purchased a single property anywhere in the world, in the period he has been in office as a minister," the spokesperson said.
She explained that one of the apartments in the images published by the news outlet is one which the minister has occupied since 2017 while the other one is a house he rented since 2019.
Suleiman said two of the images in the report are not known to the minister.
Suleiman added that Pantami earned more as a university professor in Saudi Arabia than as a serving minister in Nigeria.
Suleiman described the minister as a man of integrity and credibility. She, therefore, urged the public to ignore the claims just as she urged the Nigerian media to be more professional in their reportage.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday, July 1, said treasury looters in Nigeria were stranded and unable to access looted public funds following intensified anti-graft war waged by the commission.
Magu made the comment while receiving the National Association of Barbers and Cosmetology Employers of Nigeria (NABCEAN).
The EFCC boss said looters of public funds were stranded and unable to access looted funds as a result of restrictions placed on the accounts containing such funds.
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