The House of Representatives has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of deliberately frustrating its investigation into the status of seized and recovered assets by the agency.
The House had in February this year resolved, sequel to the approval of a motion on the subject, to investigate the EFCC to unravel the status of all assets seized and recovered by the EFCC since inception pursuant to the powers conferred on it in the establishment Act of the agency.
However, the chairman of the committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes that was given the assignment, Hon Jagaba Adams Jagaba, in press release made available to LEADERSHIP, has alleged that the EFCC itself, in collaboration with the Office of the Aacountant General of the Federation, Nigeria Customs Serviceand real estate derivatives, are hampering the probe by the lawmakers.
Threatening to invoke constitutional powers conferred on the National Assembly to compel the to comply with the requests of the committee, Jagaba said, "Nigerians and the general public may be surprised to know that in spite is several letters requesting for information sent out with follow-up reminders, coupled with ample time given, the following key stakeholders have continued to deliberately withhold from the committee, the much needed information".
Meanwhile, efforts to get EFCC's reaction to the allegation proved abortive as the anti-graft agency's spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, did not pick several calls made to his phone last night.