Wike denies writing EFCC, ICPC to probe ex-Minister, Bello


The FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, has denied an online report claiming that he is planning to invite the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission to investigate his predecessor, Muhammad Musa Bello, in relation to irregularities in the award of contracts and other such matters.

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In a statement, the director of press in the minister’s office, Anthony Ogunlewe, said the reports were “entirely baseless and without any merit whatsoever.”

He said that Wike, during his routine inspection of various projects within the FCT, had indeed expressed concerns and frustration regarding irregularities observed in the procurement and execution of certain projects, among other observations which he publicly expressed.

He further said, “At no point did he contemplate or authorise any action by anyone within or outside the FCT Administration to invite the EFCC or ICPC to investigate the former FCT minister in connection with these or any other matters.

“The online story in question is nothing more than a product of the imagination of its authors and is clearly designed to mischievously sow discord and confusion among the general public.

“We view such misinformation with great concern and urge the public and well-meaning Nigerians to exercise caution and discernment when encountering such unfounded reports.”

He, therefore, advised the public to disregard the story in its entirety.