The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has issued a strong worded statement in which it denied any plot to arrest President Muhammdu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
Last week, a prominent newspaper had reported that some detectives of the security agents had stormed the house of the President’s Chief of Staff to get him arrested.
However, the EFCC, in a statement issued on Tuesday by its Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Samie Amaddin, said that it was not investigating Kyari; thus, denying any attempt to arrest the COS.
The statement read:
Re: Untold Security, Intelligence Conundrum Of The Buhari Administration
“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to ongoing campaign by agents of misinformation and destabilization as championed by reports published in Sahara Reporters, an online news report, entitled: Untold Security, Intelligence Conundrum Of The Buhari Administration, authored by a certain Sani Tukur.”
“Ordinarily, we would have ignored the report and allow it to end up in the dustbin of history, for that is where it actually belongs, but for the fact that it is a follow–up to an earlier similar report also titled: EFCC’s attempt to arrest Abba Kyari sparks panic in Aso Rock, which we considered an attempt to silence the commission from carrying on with its constitutional duties of fighting corruption; we have considered it necessary to clarify issues in relation thereof.
“For the purpose of clarification, the modus operandi of the EFCC does not accommodate the alleged invasion as the modus operandi of the commission has always been to scrutinise petitions upon receipt, look at the petition on the face value, if it has merit and to carry out preliminary investigation to establish a prima facie case.
“Once all these requirements are satisfied, the suspect(s) is (are) invited for questioning and interrogation and his (their) statement(s) taken under caution.
“All these are prelude to arraignment in a competent court of jurisdiction and a suspect who is being invited for interrogation is formally sent an invitation letter to that effect.
“The so-called invasion is entirely alien to the established mode of operations of the EFCC, established over the last one-and-a-half decades in line with international best practices.
“Firstly, the commission will like to state that it is not investigating Mr. Kyari nor is it aware of any petition against him.
“Secondly, EFCC does not ‘invade’ the homes or offices of anyone the commission wishes to interact with in furtherance of the discharge of its mandate.
“The commission will properly notify and invite any person it wants to assist it in the resolution of any matter under examination.
“Thirdly, EFCC does not go to carry out invitations or arrests in the middle of the night. As a transparent organisation the commission carries out all its operations in broad daylight.
“These and other standard operational procedures are what guide the activities of the commission and which have earned it worldwide acclaim over the years.
“The commission was therefore taken aback when an online medium went public with the story of a purported “impending arrest”. EFCC does not do speculative investigations or arrests.
“Therefore, the action of those behind the false reports could best be described as shouting wolf where none exists.
“It must be underscored that EFCC makes it a point of duty and professional responsibility to act within the ambit of the law. The commission cannot be intimated and crying wolf by anyone cannot stop the commission from carrying out its constitutional responsibility.”