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‘No underground detention facility at EFCC’

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has debunked reports that suspects were being detained in underground cell when brought to the commission.

The clarification came on the heels of a statement credited to a former senator for Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, who accused the anti-graft agency of detaining him in an underground cell for 30 days.

Abuja zonal head of the commission, Aminu Ado, told reporters during an inspection tour of the EFCC detention facility that “underground cell does not exist” in the commission.

EFCC, on Tuesday, took some journalists around its detention cells in Abuja to let the public know what it looks like.

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Journalists were taken round the detention facilities located at the basement of the Idiagbon House, a four-storey building at the Wuse II, Abuja headquarters of the commission.

They were also shown the interrogation room and in-house clinic where detainees were first treated in case of emergency.

Journalists also freely interrogated some of the suspects who painted the detention facility in good light.

Ado, during the tour, said that none of what had been shown to the newsmen were arranged, adding that journalists that were still in doubt could visit the facility at their leisure.

Ado added that the tour was an avenue for journalists to have an insight into the commission’s operations as against some negative insinuation in certain quarters.

He said that some of the suspects preferred coming back to the cells to correctional facilities after arraignment.

“As you can see for yourself, we do not have an underground cell here.

“Most of the suspects begged the judges to be taken back here. They eat normal food thrice daily, we have clinic here where detainees are first treated in case of emergency.

“If anyone of you think all these had been arranged, you are welcome at anytime you chose, to spend time with us and see for yourself.”

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