Okonjo Iweala ‘I’m not being investigated by EFCC,’ Ex-Minister says

Earlier media reports had it that Okonjo-Iweala was being probed along with former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Maduekwe on suspicion of fraud.

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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala play Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Guardian)
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Former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has denied reports that she’s being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Earlier media reports had it that Okonjo-Iweala was being probed along with former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Maduekwe on suspicion of fraud.

She made the denial via a statement released by her media aide, Paul Nwabuikwu.

It reads:

“We want to clarify that some of the media reports alleging that the EFCC is investigating former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, are misleading and untrue.”

“This is clear from eye witness accounts of the Budget 2016 presentation by the EFCC at the House of Representatives and gaps in the reported stories.”

“The headlines are a misrepresentation of what the EFCC Chairman actually said during the event.”

“While the headlines claimed that the EFCC Chairman, in response to a question by an 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.”

“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.”

Okonjo-Iweala has been at the centre of controversy in recent times due to the large scale corruption which allegedly occurred during the Goodluck Jonathan administration under which she served.

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