The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has stated that it did not receive a N10 million donation from Abdullahi Ganduje, the Governor of Kano State, as alleged.
Recall, that Ganduje had announced the donation when he received members of the Organising Committee of an anti-corruption Marathon programme, in Abuja.
The event is organised by the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, and the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN.
However, in a Facebook post, on Monday night, the Commission said the report of the donation is a “false and deliberate attempt to malign the efforts of the Commission in the fight against corruption”.
The EFCC said that it is sponsored by the Federal Government, through budgetary allocation, and “in some cases, foreign organisations, in terms of capacity building”.
“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a trending story in the social media, concerning a purported statement credited to the Media Aide of the Kano State Governor, to the effect that the Commission got a N10 million donation from the State Government”, the Commission said.
“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.”
Meanwhile, videos of Ganduje allegedly collecting bribes from Contractors working in Kano State, have since gone viral, but he has denied any wrong doing, and has been technically praised by President Muhammadu Buhari, for being a good Leader.
Also, the Kano State House of Assembly was forced to shelve its investigation into the videos, after a court compelled it to.