*Respondents urge EFCC, other agencies to shun ambiguities
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied acting out any script by Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
In a statement by Wilson Uwujaren, its spokesman, the commission alleged that the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojodu, was attempting to “impute false motive to its investigative activities.”
In an article entitled: “Fifth Columnist in our recent history,” Ojudu said some influential personalities and agencies were working to de-market President Buhari.
The presidential aide asked Nigerians to be on the alert and reject the plot of Buhari’s opponent to make him unpopular.
The EFCC 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, wherein he portrayed the commission as a conscript in the devious plots by Senator Bukola Saraki to undermine the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“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 of its 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 reaction of EFCC confirming its freeze of Akwa Ibom State now is however noted to be at variance with what it reportedly said at the weekend saying it had not frozen any Akwa Ibom State’s account.
It is to this end that some respondents, who chose to speak under condition of anonymity, are saying that the EFCC and other agencies of government should not create situation that puts the media, which report their programmes and activities, in tight corner thereby portraying the pen professional organisations spreaders of fake or uninvestigated news.