By Demola Akinyemi,
Ilorin – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said yesterday it had uncoveredÂ a plot to smear itsÂ image and that of its officials especially its Executive Chairman, Mrs Farida Waziri through series of blackmail publications. The publications are allegedlyÂ funded by some sacked bank executives who are now being prosecuted in court.
The plot, the EFCC said in a statement, â€œis being coordinated by a former top official of the Commission who equally has a pending criminal case against him” and â€œwas hatched at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday January 14 between the former staff and a senior editorial staff of a Lagos based relatively new weekly newspaper to be used to kick start their campaign of calumny this week.â€
The Commission asked the public to ignore the â€œevil agendaâ€ and vowed thatÂ no amount of smear campaign â€œwill deter or distract the anti-graft agency and its officials from their commitment to the prosecution of those found to have breached the law.â€
There is also the need to emphasize that the active involvement of the former staff does not confer any credibility on their campaign and will equally not stop the Commission from pressing criminal charges against him when investigation into his case is completed,â€ the EFCC said.