‘Jonathan did not starve EFCC of funds
A MEDIA report, which claimed that the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, alleged that the outgoing administration starved the commission of funds, were false, the anti-graft agency has said.
The EFCC, in a statement yesterday, dismissed the story as a fabrication of the author. It noted as “pure fabrication” the “report in The Sun newspaper of Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in which the chairman of the commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, was quoted as indicting the outgoing (President Goodluck) Jonathan administration of poor performance.”
It statement continued: “In the first place, Lamorde, who is currently out of the country, did not speak with the media and could not have made the comments attributed to him.
“The occasion that provided the basis for the false report by The Sun was a media briefing by the EFCC Spokesperson, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, who addressed more than 40 journalists from over 30 media organisations at the commission’s monthly media briefing in Abuja on May 25, 2015.
“At no time during the event did Uwujaren comment on the performance or lack of it by the Jonathan administration let alone accuse it of poor performance or starving the commission of funds.
“He was only asked a question on the commission’s view on the focus the incoming (Muhammadu) Buhari administration places on the fight against corruption, to which he responded that the commission, like most Nigerians, who are bothered about the problem of corruption, welcomes the focus, which he believes will further empower the EFCC in the pursuit of its mandate of fighting economic crimes and corruption.
“It is a great disservice to society when journalists fabricate and twist issues to serve motives that are not altruistic.”