By CHIOMA OBINNA
Lagos — The Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, yesterday, denied the allegation by an on-line news website, Global Online Village Extra, linking him to N700 million theft allegedly traced to the bank account of his former Special Assistant, Mrs. Aishat Emeka Okpa-Iwenofu.
This came as the Board of Governing Council of NAFDAC, exonerated the Director General from the allegation, saying, ”it has no corruption charges against Orhii, if there is any, it will let the public know.”
At a briefing in Lagos, Orhii, said he neither kept any secret bank account nor deposited any money meant for his agency into the account of his former Special Assistant.
He described the allegation as unfounded and baseless, noting, “this is a serial campaign of calumny, mudslinging and blackmail against my person and NAFDAC by some disgruntled, mischievous and faceless counterfeiting agents and their collaborators who are envious.”
He said the allegation was the handiwork of counterfeiters, who could not thrive in their nefarious activities since he assumed office and were bent on destroying his good work to prevent his reappointment as the agency’s DG.
“Mrs. Okpa-Iwenofu is not my mistress as alleged, neither does she coordinate any business for me,” he said.
He said his detractors also produced and distributed hard copies of the same report published on-line, to lawmakers and some top executives of the other arms of government, to tarnish his image.