EFCC: No rift with the AGF but corrupt elements want to ‘knock our heads together’
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Wilson Uwajuren, spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says there is no rift between the commission and Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
However, he said corrupt elements were angling to knock their heads together in furtherance of their own pro-corruption agenda
In a statement issued on Thursday, Uwajuren said such false insinuations are handiwork of “some unscrupulous persons (who) have continued to push the false narrative into media headlines”.
“The attention of the EFCC has been drawn to the near-daily reportage of either the existence of a face-off or an impending and damaging conflict between the Commission and the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN),” he said.
“Notwithstanding the fact that EFCC has been consistent in its position that there is absolutely no conflict (actual or impending) with the AGF, some unscrupulous persons have continued to push the false narrative into media headlines.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, the EFCC wishes to categorically state that it is compliant with all provisions of law and has no intention to stoke a misunderstanding over requests from the office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.
“Furthermore, the Commission’s mandate, operational philosophy and the conduct and pronouncements of its officials do not countenance any activity on the fringes of the law. It is therefore untenable for there to be any suggestion that the EFCC or the Commission’s principal officials are either in conflict with or readying for a ‘showdown’ with the AGF or other officials of government.”
Uwujaren said “any such conflicts being paraded in the media exist only in the apparently fertile imaginations of corrupt elements angling to knock heads together in furtherance of their own pro-corruption agenda”.
“All the brouhaha raised in recent days over a non-existent conflict between the EFCC and the office of the AGF only go to underline the fact that corruption can and is fighting back in a variety of ways,” he continued.
“The Commission wishes to underscore that the EFCC is a creation of statute and is operations and officials being as they are, guided by the firm, unambiguous provisions of those laws and regulations, are not and can never be in contravention of the law or opposition to constituted authority.Uwajuren reiterated that the EFCC, being a creation of the law, is guided by rules and regulations, and therefore ‘can never be in contravention of the law or opposition to constituted authority.'”