Presidency says no need for protest over reported corruption in NDDC, EFCC

Presidency says no need for protest over reported corruption in NDDC, EFCC

- The presidency has faulted a plan by the TUC to embark on a protest over reported cases of corruption in some government agencies

- Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, said there is no need for the labour union to embark on a demonstration

- The presidential spokesperson said appropriate authorities are already investigating the government agencies over the alleged corruption

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The presidency has faulted a plan by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on a protest over reported cases of corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson said there is no need for the labour union to embark on demonstration because the executive and legislative arms of government are already investigating the reported cases of corruption in affected government agencies.

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Presidency says no need for protest over reported corruption in NDDC, EFCC

Presidency says the planned protest by the Trade Union Congress is uncalled for. Photo Credit: Femi Adesina
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In a statement on Monday, August 3, he explained that there is a need for a proper investigation before offenders can face trial and conviction in a democratic society.

According to the presidential aide, the process of justice must be allowed to run its full course.

Shehu noted that the Buhari administration is committed to ensuring that all those found guilty of corrupt practices face the law.

He called on the TUC to extend a hand in supporting the fight against corruption that in the nation's interest.

In other news, a report by Daily Nigerian has indicated that the Kano state commissioner for local government affairs, Murtala Garo, is currently facing an interrogation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to the report, the commissioner is being questioned over alleged possession of some choice properties in Kano state and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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A spokesman for the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, confirmed the development when asked by the online newspaper.

Sources quoted in the report, however, said the commissioner was invited by the Kano office of the anti-graft agency to explain the source of his wealth in real estate, trucks, filling stations, among others.

In another report, the management of the NDDC has denied fresh corruption allegations levelled against it, saying they were attempts "to heat up the polity."

The commission, in a statement released by its director of corporate affairs Charles Obi Odili, said the purported allegations are a repetition of accusations of alleged financial recklessness in which the NDDC was grilled in July.

The government agency described the new allegation against it as false.

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