The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has reacted to reports that it received N10 million from the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, who has in recent time being embroiled in a dollar-bribery scandal.
The anti-graft agency, in a post on its Facebook page on Monday, said the report of the donation was a “false and deliberate attempt to malign the efforts of the commission in the fight against corruption.”
The Governor had during the weekend announced the donation to the first national anti-corruption marathon said to be organised by the EFCC in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes, ICPC, and the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN and other stakeholders, when he received members of the main organising committee in Abuja.
Ganduje further promised that the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission would collaborate with the organisers as an official partner to ensure the success of the event.
The Governor had been under pressure to step down based on the videos where he was seen allegedly collecting bribes from public works contractors in the state. The EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu recently parried a question from journalists on whether Ganduje will be probed over the purported bribery.
Reacting to the alleged donation, EFCC explained, “It is true that the commission, in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes, ICPC and the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN and other stakeholders is organising the first national anti-corruption marathon.
“Mr. Jacob Onu, the leader of the national anti-corruption marathon had in the course of his visit to the commission a fortnight ago told the acting chairman and his management about the marathon which he said is being planned in tandem with the International Anti-Corruption Day which usually comes up on December 9 every year.
“He said it was aimed at raising national consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption to the country and the need for all and sundry to join hands to eradicate it.
“It is therefore very shocking to read of a purported donation of N10 million to the commission. The story is not only unfounded but very mischievous.
“For the avoidance of doubt, no state governor or some other individual or group has donated any amount of money to the EFCC to carry out the anti-corruption marathon project or any other project for that matter.”