Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has dismissed allegations making the rounds that EFCC is investigating her as misleading and untrue.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, and signed by her Media Adviser, Paul Nwabikwu, the former Minister said the headlines are a misrepresentation of what the EFCC chairman actually said during the event.
The headlines had claimed that the EFCC Chairman, in response to a question by an All Progressives Congress, APC, member, Hon. Razak Atunwa, stated that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is under investigation, the actual words quoted in the same reports told a very different story.
His words: “Very soon we will go into the petroleum industry. Such investigation requires that we have to build capacity, we have to bring in experts to enable us tackle what we are doing properly and the investigation must be conducted properly. We have internal lawyers and external lawyers. We have to pay insurance.”
But the ex-Minister said: “The words said to have been spoken by the EFCC chairman cannot support the lurid headlines that Dr Okonjo-Iweala is under investigation by the EFCC.
“The Nigerian media plays an important role in our democracy and we urge them to be fair, balanced and factual in their reports.”