Saturday, January 14, 2012

EFCC Denies Arresting Adenuga, Otedola

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Friday denied reports earlier posted on its website that the agency has detained Globacom Chairman, Mike Adenuga, Managing Director of African Petroleum, Femi Otedola, Managing Director of MRS, Sayyu Dantata, for allegedly defrauding the country of billions of naira in the oil subsidy payment.

In a statement by its acting Head of Media and Publicity Unit, Wilson Uwujaren, the commission called on the public to disregard the statement.

EFCC said it was the handwork of hackers who illegally gained access into its website.

The statement read: "The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to a report that appeared on its website this morning and entitled, Fuel Subsidy Scam: EFCC Detains Adenuga, Otedola, Others.

"The commission wishes to inform the general public that the said report which is purportedly signed by Femi Babafemi, a former Head of Media and Publicity, did not originate from it.

"Mr. Babafemi has since ceased to be the commission's Head of Media. He is therefore not in position to sign any statement on behalf of the EFCC.
"The statement is purely the work of hackers who breached the site and should be disregarded."

The earlier post on the EFCC website had purported that the commission had also detained officials of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

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