By Emmanuel Ovuakporie
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied media reports making the round that it is being influenced by the presidency in selecting those for prosecution or investigation.
In a statement issued and signed by the Head, Media and Publicity of the anti-graft agency, Mr Femi Babafemi Sunday, the commission said that â€œit is not in any way influenced by the presidency before deciding which case to investigate or take to court.” It states that its activities are “strictly guided by law and not by any pressure from any quarters.â€
The Commission further stated that â€œthe clarification has become necessary following persistent insinuations in some media reports that the anti-graft agency has come under pressure from the presidency to stop investigations or trial of some people believed to be close to government.â€
â€œWe wish to state emphatically that these insinuations are mere fabrications that have no root in reality. The Commission and its leadership have enjoyed and continue to receive enormous support from the presidency.
This is an indication of the present administrationâ€™s commitment to the war against graft in our country and should therefore not be interpreted to mean that the EFCC is under the influence of the presidency in the pursuit of its statutory responsibilitiesâ€, the statement explained.
It also stated that the Commission finds it curious when accused persons find it convenient to attribute their investigation or prosecution to their political foes or political persecution without addressing the substance of their case or the allegations for which they are being investigated or charged.
â€œIn the same manner, we find it curious when some insinuate that the EFCC is under pressure from the presidency to drop charges against some accused persons or give some others soft landing.
Contrary to these claims, the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has been fair to the Commission and has at no time interfered in its statutory duties. We are strictly guided in our decisions by the facts of a matter and not by any pressure from anywhere.
â€œAs a result, we urge members of the public to disregard these insinuations as the EFCC will continue to function under the dictates of the law and not from any other quarterâ€, the statement added.