The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has denied allegations that it is being used to harass political opponents of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The agency also criticised allegations by Shehu Garba, the spokesperson for Muhammadu Buhari's presidential campaign organisation, that the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, has been accused of corruption, stressing that there is no truth in the claim.
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The EFCC's head of media and publicity,Wilson Uwujaren, who said this at a news conference in Abuja on Friday, described as a forgery a document containing the names of certain opposition figures said to have been marked for probes by the commission on the instructions of the chief of staff to the president.
Uwajaren dismissed claims that the commission owed money to its staff, stressing that the EFCC achieved 92% implementation of 2014 the budget on personnel emolument.
The EFCC spokesman said Garba had nursed a grudge against the anti-graft agency over the years as the spokesman for former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, there is no truth whatsoever in the claim by Shehu that the ‘EFCC Chairman is accused by staff of corruption, the commission staff is also being owed salaries and entitlements, having not been paid for three months.’ The EFCC is alarmed by this claim.
“The chairman of the commission is respected in the law enforcement circles for his integrity and professionalism. Furthermore, the claim that the staff of the EFCC are being owed three months is the figment of Shehu’s imagination.
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“As a spokesperson for the respected General, Shehu must be careful not to mask his personal views as those of Gen. Buhari or APC. We find it hard to believe that the views expressed by Shehu are those of Buhari or the All Progressives Congress.”
It will be recalled that earlier today, March 13, a leaked image circulated the media wherein President Goodluck Jonathan ordered the EFCC to secretly examine the personal and official finances of the leaders of the main opposition party.