Wilson Uwujaren, Abuja: The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to a report entitled, DSS Nabs Member of Presidential C”ttee on ArmsProcurement over Alleged Fraud , which appeared at page 10 of ThisDay newspaper of June 21, 2016, regarding the arrest of Air Commodore Umar Muhammed (rtd.), for alleged fraud.
The report, quoting anonymous sources, alleged that Muhammed who is a member ofthe arms procurement committee is “fronting for some members of the committee”,including “high ranking officials in the EFCC and ONSA.”
Though the report falls short of naming the so-called officials that Mohammedis allegedly fronting for, it is common knowledge that the Acting Chairman ofthe EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, is the only member of the Arms ProcurementCommittee from the Commission.
The EFCC views with grave concern this spirited attempt to create doubts in theminds of less discerning Nigerians and member of the international communityregarding the integrity of its acting Chairman. To all intent and purposes,this devious report is another avenue of corruption fighting back as somepeople have been uncomfortable with the uncompromising stance of the ActingEFCC Chairman in the fight against corruption.
The EFCC wishes to categorically state that no official of the agency that isdirectly or remotely connected with the work of the Arms Procurement Committeehave had any dealings that verge on fraud with Air Commodore Mohammed or any othermember of the Committee. It challenges anybody with contrary informationto come forward with the evidence.
The EFCC as a body upholds zero tolerance for corruption and will not condoneany act that amount to corruption. If Mohammed is established to have engagedin any illegal activity, he should be held liable.
In view of the gravity of the issues, the EFCC calls on the Presidency to setup a high-powered inquiry to verify the claims of the report and those who havemade it their sole business to impugn the integrity of others and cast doubt onthe credibility of the anti-corruption war.
No matter the distraction and attempt by dark forces to derail its work throughnegative propaganda, the Commission will continue to discharge the mandatefreely given to it by the Nigerian people to hold all public officersaccountable.