EFCC denies arrest of arms probe panel member, says corruption fighting back

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

The leadership of the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied the arrest of a member of the Presidential Committee on Arms Procurement, Air Commodore Umar Mohammed by the Directorate of the State Security Service (DSS).

A popular daily newspaper, had reported that Muhammed was allegedly picked up by the DSS for his alleged involvement in fraudulent activities when he served in the office of the National Security Adviser.

A statement by the commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren obtained on Wednesday blamed the factual error contained in the report, saying corruption is fighting back.

In his reaction, Uwujaren on behalf of the commission wrote that “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.”

He stated that no official of the agency 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.”

 

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