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Oyo-Ita: Our probe is evidence-based, says EFCC, denies Abba Kyari’s involvement

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THE Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied the involvement of Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President in the ongoing investigation against the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita.

In a statement shared on its verified social media account, the Commission on Monday advised the public to disregard whatever information on the claim stressing that the probe is evidence-based.

Oyo-Ita was accused of N3 billion bribery scandal, and was later invited by the EFCC and thereafter asked to return to office.

It reads: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to reports by a section of the media, insinuating that the ongoing investigation of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita by the Commission was instigated by the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari.

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“The Commission wishes to state that there is no truth in these claims, and urges the general public to disregard the reports as the handiwork of mischief-makers.

“For the avoidance of doubt, investigation by the EFCC is evidence-based. Most often, they are triggered by petitions or intelligence. In the case of the HoS, Oyo- Ita’s investigation, it was prompted by intelligence received by the Commission.”

However, the Commission restated its commitment, stressing that the EFCC is an independent agency created by law to fight corruption without fear or favour in the discharge of its mandate, “the Commission does not take instructions from extraneous bodies neither will it lend itself to be used to settle scores by anyone.

“The Commission again wishes to appeal to the media to be circumspect in their reportage and not lend themselves to actions that could befuddle the activities of the Commission.”

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