'EFCC Did Not Hand over Alamiyeseigha’s Property to Falana'

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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied a report circulating in the social media that Lagos lawyer and human rights activist Mr Femi Falana SAN was a beneficiary of some assets seized from a former governor of Bayelsa State, Late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

The commission in a statement signed by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, described the report as not only unfounded but evil.

The commission said all the properties seized from the late Alamieyeseigha by the EFCC had been returned to the Bayelsa State Government.

Read Uwujaren’s statement below:

Our attention has been drawn to a malicious and misleading report trending on the social media platforms that Ola Olukoyede, Chief of Staff, CoS, to Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC was a staff “seconded” to the Commission from the Chambers of Femi Falana, SAN.

The report further alleged that Falana, SAN is a beneficiary of some of the properties recovered by the Commission from the late Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, former Governor of Bayelsa State, hence the secondment of Olukoyede to the EFCC. The allegations are not only unfounded but evil, as all the properties recovered from the former governor have been returned to the state Bayelsa State government.

For the record, Olukoyede was not “seconded” to the EFCC by Falana and he has never worked in Femi Falana’s Chambers. He was head hunted based on his pedigree. Even if he had worked for Falana it may not have mattered as working for Falana is not a criminal offence in the nation’s statute.

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It is also important to state that Falana, SAN is not a counsel to the EFCC and has never interfered in the operations of the agency.

The author of the mischievous and misleading information went ahead to give the telephone number of the CoS and asked members of the public to call and enquire if he was indeed a former staff of Femi Falana’s Chambers. He has therefore been bombarded with unsolicited calls by members of the public.

Whoever is behind this criminal act should desist forthwith as any attempt to further malign the reputation of Olukoyede and the EFCC would not go unchallenged.

Wilson Uwujaren

Head Media & Publicity

6th April, 2017

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