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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
I’m not under EFCC probe - Okonjo-Iweala
Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has
dismissed allegations making the rounds that EFCC is investigating her
as misleading and untrue.
In a statement issued yesterday, and signed by her Media Adviser,
Paul Nwabikwu, the former Minister said the headlines are a
misrepresentation of what the EFCC chairman actually said during the
The headlines had claimed that the EFCC Chairman, in response to a
question by an All Progressives Congress, APC, member, Hon. Razak
Atunwa, stated that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is under investigation, the actual
words quoted in the same reports told a very different story.
His words: “Very soon we will go into the petroleum industry. Such
investigation requires that we have to build capacity, we have to bring
in experts to enable us tackle what we are doing properly and the
investigation must be conducted properly. We have internal lawyers and
external lawyers. We have to pay insurance.”
But the ex-Minister said: “The words said to have been spoken by the
EFCC chairman cannot support the lurid headlines that Dr Okonjo-Iweala
is under investigation by the EFCC.
“The Nigerian media plays an important role in our democracy and we
urge them to be fair, balanced and factual in their reports.”