Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that President Muhammadu Buhari does not dictate to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on how to do its job.
Mohammed made the statement in response to claims that Buhari was trying to silence the opposition by ordering the arrest of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh.
“I think the first point to make is that this government is not micro-managing any of the anti-graft agencies. I know for a fact that they don’t contact the President or anybody before they do their job,” the minister said during an interview with State House correspondents inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.
“I think the media also has to do more than they are doing right now, they should investigate these allegations and also make their independent judgment about it.
“Honestly, if the EFCC or ICPC says that they are able to trace certain amount of money to my account, I don’t want you to believe it, I want you to also ask for proof; do your investigation.
“I can assure you that this government, no functionary in government micro manages or directs the EFCC or ICPC on who to arrest and who not to arrest,” he added.
The PDP raised the alarm after Metuh was arrested by the EFCC on January 5, after allegations of money laundering were levelled against him.
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