- The EFCC replied the claim made by Senatr Ekweremadu that the anti-graft agency plans to arrest him
- The agency said it does not blackmail anyone suspected of corruption
- It said it was alarmed that a deputy Senate president would made such claim
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reacted to claims made by deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu that the agency plans to set him up.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Ekweremadu spoke on the floor of the Senate raising accusation that the EFCC planned to plant money and guns in his house and then arrest him so as to force him out of power.
The Cable reports that the EFCC in a statement on Wednesday, May 3 through its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said the agency does not involve in blackmail.
The statement read: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been drawn to the alarm purportedly raised by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu at Wednesday, May 3 plenary of the upper chamber of the national assembly.".
“The distinguished senator alleged that there were plots by the commission to set him up by planting monies and guns in his residence.
“Ekweremadu, who claimed that he was tipped off about the purported plot by an ‘EFCC covert investigative journalist’ privy to the design, told his colleagues that the agency had secured a warrant and plans to storm his home on May 6, 2017, under the guise that it was working on information provided by a whistle blower regarding ‘huge amount of money of (sic) currency in the apartment said to be belonging to you Ike Ekweremadu.’
“He said going by the script of the plot he is to be arrested, detained for three weeks and charged to court while his constituents would be mobilised to protest and seek his recall from the national assembly!
“The commission wishes to state in very strong terms that it is not aware of any plot to set up Ekweremadu for any arrest. If any agency is plotting to plant monies and guns in Ekweremadu’s residence, it is certainly not the EFCC as such antics are alien to the commission.”
“Nevertheless, the commission is worried by the alarm and the fact that the highly-regarded deputy president of the Nigerian senate would go public with such unverified information without first double-checking with the commission."
“This is not only very strange but smacks of a scripted propaganda campaign to distract the commission by putting it on the defensive.
“It must be emphatically stated for the benefit of Senator Ekweremadu and others who share similar misconception and jaundiced views of the EFCC that the commission does not need any grand plot to arrest and prosecute him if he is found to have violated any law that EFCC enforces. He does not belong in the category of public officers that enjoy immunity from arrest and prosecution by law enforcement agencies.
“Once again, the alleged plot by EFCC to raid Senator Ekweremadu’s house on May 6, 2017, exists only in the very fertile imagination of the Distinguished Deputy Senate President’s questionable ‘source’, whom he claims is ‘close to the EFCC’.
“Let it be known, however, that there will be no amount of scare-mongering that will dissuade the EFCC from vigorously enforcing its mandate to rid Nigeria of corruption.”