EFCC SPEAKS ON RAID ON STANDARD CHARTERED BANK

Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has denied the purpoted raid on the standard chartered bank headquarters by its officials.

Officials of the commission reportedly raided the bank on friday.

However,  spokesperson of the commission Wilson Uwujaren in a statement said that there was no raid in the banks by its officers but rather the “handiwork of errant officers who acted without authorization”.

He further stated that the raid was an illegal action which is in flagrant violation of the standard operation procedures of the Commission.

The statement read in part  “The raid by operatives purportedly wearing the jackets of the Commission might have been the handiwork of errant officers who acted without authorization.

“It is not the style of the EFCC to openly raid the offices of banks and other financial institutions.

“Officials of such institutions who are wanted by the commission, are usually invited for questioning after discreet investigation. Over the years, banks have been cooperative in releasing their officers to the Commission for questioning.

“The Commission will investigate the circumstances leading to this illegal raid by errant officers and those found culpable would be subjected to the internal disciplinary mechanism of the Commission.

“EFCC again reassures Nigerians that it is an agency which adheres strictly to the rule of law and will, as much as possible, avoid draconian measures in its fight against corruption.”

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