The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has debunked a recent online media report claiming he had invited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission to probe the immediate past FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, in relation to certain irregularities in the award of contracts.
A now viral report alleged that Wike wrote to the anti-graft agencies to investigate the former minister over his involvement in sharp practices regarding the contract of various ongoing projects in the FCT.
In a statement by The Director of Press in the FCT Ministry in the Office of the Minister, Anthony Ogunleye, on Saturday, the minister described the report as baseless and without merit.
“We categorically and unequivocally state that these reports are entirely baseless and without any merit whatsoever,” the statement read in part.
It noted though the Wike had during routine inspections of various projects within the FCT, expressed concern over irregularities observed in the procurement and execution of certain projects, he never authorised an invitation by the anti-graft agencies to investigate Bello.
“The FCT Minister, during his routine inspections of various projects within the FCT, has indeed expressed concerns and frustrations regarding irregularities observed in the procurement and execution of certain projects, amongst other observations which he very publicly expressed
“However, at no point did he contemplate or authorize 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,” it said.
The statement added that “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.
“The FCT Minister remains focused on his responsibilities to ensure the efficient and transparent administration of the Federal Capital Territory. Any actions or decisions taken by the FCTA in this regard will be communicated through official channels and in accordance with due process.
“We hereby advise the general public to disregard the story in its entirety, as it is nothing but a deliberate attempt to spread fake news and create unnecessary tensions.
“Barrister Nyesom Wike remains committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity and accountability in the discharge of his duties and remains committed to building the FCT of our collective dreams.”