AWKA – The Anambra State Government has described as politically motivated and in bad taste, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) leaked a letter to the Nigerian Immigration Service that it has placed Governor Willie Obiano on the watch list.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C.Don Adinuba, the government said the directive of the EFCC was not just “a new low” but that everything was wrong “in the politically motivated statement like this”.
Recall that it was reported on Wednesday that EFCC purportedly wrote on November 15, 2021, to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) asking it to inform the anti-graft agency anytime the governor is travelling out of the country.
But reacting to the news on Thursday the government said that the EFCC provided no details of how Governor Obiano has been placed on its watch list, but merely made a reference to a letter it purportedly wrote on November 15, 2021, to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service asking it to inform the anti-graft agency anytime the governor is travelling out of the country.
The government said: “Everything that can be wrong with politically motivated statements like this one is obviously wrong with this statement.
“The EFCC knows full well that it is acting inelegantly in this instance, and so has tried as much as possible not to make an official public statement on the alleged placing of Chief Obiano on the watch list. It furtively gave a section of the media the news report it wrote based on ostensibly its letter to the NIS on November 15.
“Governor Obiano is out of the country currently. And he travelled through one of the country’s international airports. He did not disguise himself, but rather left the country with his identity fully disclosed at the necessary immigration point.
“The EFCC sounded more inelegant when it claimed in the sponsored press report that it received intelligence reports that the governor plans to “flee” from Nigeria once he hands over power next March 17 to the newly elected Anambra State governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo. Chief Obiano has never left any persons in doubt that he will relocate to his base in the United States once he finishes his tenure”.