Chris Steven, Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said its investigations have been compromised after a report leaked names of high-profile individuals under its radar.
Wilson Uwujaren , EFCC spokesperson, said the information was not leaked by the anti-graft agency.
“It is important to state that this report did not emanate from the EFCC and the allusion to ‘an EFCC source’ is diversionary and mischievous,” he said.
This followed a report by The Punch Newspaper in which names of high profile personalities being investigated by the Commission was revealed.
“For the avoidance of doubt, cases under investigation communicated to the office of the Attorney-General of the federation by the Commission are classified information and it is troubling how such would be leaked to the media.”
He added that the Commission was not investigating Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen and Abdul Kafarati, a justice of the Federal High Court who were listed.
“The mastermind of this leak is out to create disaffection between the commission and, particularly, the judiciary. The commission wishes to state categorically that it is currently not investigating Justices Onnoghen and Kafarati,” he said.
“While Onnoghen was being considered for his present position, the commission received some petitions which were investigated and found to be without merit and discarded.
“Indeed, much damage has been done to the commission’s investigation activities by this leak especially as some of the cases mentioned are still at preliminary stages of investigation”.