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EFCC Recovers N65b In Two Years Set To Declare Sheriff Wanted

Posted: May 26, 2015 at 10:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi  / Abuja


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has disclosed that it recovered N65 billion between 2012 and 2014 in its operations; and, following the refusal of former governor of  Borno State, Ali Modu Sherif, to honour invitations, the commission would be obliged to declare him wanted in the next few days.

Spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, who stated this at a media briefing in Abuja, Monday, also expressed concerns over what he described as dissemination of false information by one of the dismissed staff of the commission that the EFCC is not working.

According to Uwujaren: “The latest about Modu Sheriff is that we invited him for questioning, but as I speak to you, I am not sure he honoured that invitation; and once the commission invites a suspect and he fails to honour the invitation, options are open to us. We might declare him wanted.”

He noted that the concern on dissemination of false information about the commission was due to the comment made by a former deputy governorship candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, who is also a ‘dismissed’ staff of the EFCC, Ms Juliet Ibekaku, at the APC policy dialogue in Lagos.

Ibekaku had said: “In the past seven to eight years since EFCC started, we have been hearing about governors who have been in the courts for the past eight years, no conviction, nothing. No assets recovered and we are still back to square one.”

Uwujaren, however, disclosed that: “Between 2012 and 2014, the EFCC recovered N65,320,669,350.35. Also, the sum of $245,952,030.13; 693,399.00 and 62,600.00 Euros were also recovered during the period.”

This is apart from many former governors and prominent Nigerians that the commission had dragged to court and got convicted in the past few years.

Uwujaren regretted that; “But, these facts mean nothing to Ibekaku who, in the pursuit of her latter-day ambition is willing to publicly repudiate the achievements of an organization which she was a prominent part of and one on whose pedestal she stood to attain all the “glowing” personal achievements she has been parading in the media.

“The obvious goal of Ibekaku is to hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians by her posturing as an anti-corruption czar, what with her curriculum vitae that advertises her as a top official of the EFCC, where she spent about 7 years of her recent adult working life.

“Ibekaku has declared a media misinformation war on the Commission for simply telling Nigerians she was no longer in the service of the Commission, contrary to her posturing.”

“Let it be emphasized once again, that in apportioning sanctions to Ms. Ibekaku, along with her co-traveller, Michael Nzekwe and nine others who were dismissed from the Commission, EFCC was guided by its Staff Regulations and extant Public Service Rules.”