The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday said its operatives visited THE SUN newspaper to ascertain the state of the assets of the publishing company which is subject of subsisting interim forfeiture order.
It also said no staff of the company was either molested or subjected to intimidation.
The clarifications were made in a statement issued by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren.
The statement said: “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the early hours of today, 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.
“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 10 years. The Commission’s action is without prejudice to any appeal and only meant to verify the integrity of the assets.”
The statement said no staff of the newspaper was subjected to either molestation or psychological trauma.
It added: “Contrary to claims in a statement released to the media by the management of The Sun, no staff 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 claim that ‘EFCC operatives subjected our staff to crude intimidation, psychological and emotional trauma, even as some of the men accused our organization of publishing pro-Biafra, Boko Haram , and Niger Delta Militant stories,’ is strange and clearly the figment of the imagination of The Sun.
“There was no reason to molest anybody as the Commission has always related professionally with the publishing outfit.”