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EFCC denies setting up panel to probe Amosun, Okorocha, Yari

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Contrary to reports in the media, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said it has not set up any panel to probe outgoing Governors Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State.

This is despite the arrest and interrogation of key officials of the state governments over financial transactions running into billions of Naira.

The commission made the denial on Sunday in a statement by its acting spokesman, Tony Oriade, adding that it does not carry out the probe and prosecution of suspects based on speculations but on completed investigation and evidence.

The commission statement reads in part: “It is instructive to note that the report did not give the composition and terms of reference of the purported teams set up by the EFCC.

“The report is a figment of the imagination of the reporter as everything about the setting of the teams ended with the first paragraph without details of such teams being set up.

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“Again, the story is not true, as the EFCC does not go after anybody, including ex-governors on speculative grounds.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the commission only acts after the investigators have done a thorough job on any individual or firm involved in corruption related cases.”

It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had arrested and interrogated some officials of the Imo and Kwara state governments few days to the March 9 governorship election, over allegations that huge amounts of money were withdrawn from the accounts of the states. They were however granted bail after their questioning.

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