The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has challenged anyone who has evidence that a member of the Presidential Committee on Arms Procurement was arrested by the Department of State Services to come forward and present it.
This is in reaction to a report titled ‘DSS Nabs Member of Presidential C”ttee on Arms Procurement over Alleged Fraud’ which appeared on a national daily on June 21.
The report alleged that a certain Air Commodore Umar Muhammed (rtd.), a member of the committee had been arrested for alleged fraud and that he was “fronting for some members of the committee” including “high ranking officials in the EFCC and ONSA.”
The EFCC, in a statement released by the Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren wondered why the report did not name the said officials Mohammed is alleged to be fronting for while noting that “it is common knowledge that the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, is the only member of the Arms Procurement Committee from the Commission.”
The agency therefore decried the report as untrue and an attempt to tarnish its efforts and image in the sight of less discerning Nigerians.
“The EFCC views with grave concern this spirited attempt to create doubts in the minds of less discerning Nigerians and member of the international community regarding the integrity of its acting Chairman.”
“To all intent and purposes, this devious report is another avenue of corruption fighting back as some people have been uncomfortable with the uncompromising stance of the Acting EFCC Chairman in the fight against corruption.”
“The EFCC wishes to categorically state that no official of the agency that is directly or remotely connected with the work of the Arms Procurement Committee have had any dealings that verge on fraud with Air Commodore Mohammed or any other member of the Committee. It challenges anybody with contrary information to come forward with the evidence.”
“The EFCC as a body upholds zero tolerance for corruption and will not condone any act that amount to corruption. If Mohammed is established to have engaged in any illegal activity, he should be held liable.”
“In view of the gravity of the issues, the EFCC calls on the Presidency to set up a high-powered inquiry to verify the claims of the report and those who have made it their sole business to impugn the integrity of others and cast doubt on the credibility of the anti-corruption war.”
“No matter the distraction and attempt by dark forces to derail its work through negative propaganda, the Commission will continue to discharge the mandate freely given to it by the Nigerian people to hold all public officers accountable.”