NGOZI Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of Finance, has dismissed allegations making the rounds that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is investigating her as misleading and untrue.
In a statement issued and signed by Paul Nwabikwu her media adviser, Okonjo-Iweala said that the newspaper headlines misrepresented what Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the EFCC, actually said during the event being reported.
The headlines had suggested that Magu, in response to a question by Razak Atunwa, a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, stated that Okonjo-Iweala was 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.”
— Feb 10, 2016 @ 13:20 GMT