From JIDAUNA YANUNG, Abuja

THE Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has denied media reports that its chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said there was corruption in the National Social Investment programme and the Anchor Borrowers Scheme.

EFCC in a statement issued recently in Abuja described the report as false and mischievous twist of the good will message presented by Mr. Wilson Uwujaren on corruption and peace-building in conflict communities.

The graft agency noted that in the presentation, Uwajaren observed that the presentation, Uwujaren observed that the agency had received complains in some zones regarding the social investment programme, citing the case in Gombe State where the commission investigated the Anchor Borrower’s scheme where sand was bagged and passed off as fertilizer.

He therefore warned that for the crisis in these conflict zone not to degenerate, civil society organizations should play more active roles in monitoring the programme to ensure that their benefit get to the people for which they are intended.

EFCC insisted that at no time in the presentation did Uwujaren mention the National Social Investment Programme nor did he accuse those who supervised it by the Office of the Vice President.

The commission explained that clarification became necessary to correct the wrong impression of a verdict of corruption on National Social Investment Programme by the EFCC which the purveyors of the false reports obviously want to create.

 

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