The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that the raid on newspaper house Sun Newspapers was nothing personal but to “ascertain the state of the assets of the publishing company which is subject of subsisting interim forfeiture order”
The agency had been investigating the owner of the company, Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia state and had received an order for asset forfeiture so they had only come for evaluation.
The Sun Newspapers had claimed that the raid on their premises on Monday was a personal vendetta against them by EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu because of a story they had published about his wife.
“Operatives of the EFCC in the early hours of June 12, 2017, visited the head office of the Sun Newspaper in Lagos. The visit which lasted for less an hour was part of routine efforts to ascertain the state of the assets of the publishing company which is subject of subsisting interim forfeiture order,” the statement by EFCC read.
“Prior to the visit, the commission had written to the management of the company to account for its management of the assets for the period of the subsisting court order.
“The commission still awaits the response of The SUN and will not be distracted by any attempt to whip up sentiments by alluding to an appeal which has been pending for ten years. The commission’s action is without prejudice to any appeal and only meant to verify the integrity of the assets.”
In a statement released by the newspaper house, the outfit claimed that a few of their staff has been harassed by EFCC officers but the anti-graft agency is denying the allegations stating nothing of that magnitude occurred.
“Contrary to claims in a statement released to the media by the management of The SUN, no employee of the media outfit was molested or intimidated for the few minutes that operatives of the commission spent in the premises of the company,” the statement read.
“The claim that ‘EFCC operatives subjected our staff to crude intimidation, psychological and emotional trauma, even as some of the men accused our organisation of publishing pro-Biafra, Boko Haram, and Niger Delta Militant stories,’ is strange and clearly the figment of the imagination of the Sun.”