Pius Anyim speaks on EFCC detention

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Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim

Former Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Anyim Pius Anyim has spoken on his two day detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

He claimed he was not arrested and that he was the one who voluntarily went to the commission to clarify his role in a petition, being investigated.

Anyim was mentioned in connection with some N780m, diverted by Senator Stella Oduah when she was the Minister for Aviation.

Anyim’s Media Adviser, Sam Nwaobasi issued a clarification in a statement Tuesday night. He titled it Senator Anyim Pius Anyim’s Visit To The EFCC.

“We have been inundated with inquiries from friends, associates, PDP faithfuls and the general public with regard to media reports since Sunday the 24th of October 202q, on Senator Anyim’s detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which according to the reports “was part of investigation in a case of an alleged corruption and diversion of public funds.” It has, therefore, become necessary to put the record straight on what went on between Sunday, the 24th to Tuesday, the 26th of October as follows:

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“Senator Anyim got information that some person invited by the EFCC, in connection with some matter it was investigating mentioned his name in the statement made to the EFCC. Determined, as always, to ensure that the truth prevails, Senator Anyim reached out to the officer handling the matter, and offered, on his own volition, to come over to the EFCC to clarify any issues around which his name was mentioned. The officer was delighted, and they agreed to meet in his office at the EFCC by 3pm on Sunday, the 24th of October, 2021.

“At the agreed time, Senator Anyim arrived at the EFCC office. He was never invited by the EFCC. After his engagement during which Senator Anyim was as candid as could be, to his utter surprise, he was told he would not be going home that day. By the next day, the EFCC gave the conditions for his release which were met promptly. It took up to Tuesday, the 26th for the EFCC to complete the processes after which he was allowed to go home.

“Senator Anyim, as a law abiding citizen, will always submit himself to any process required by any agency of the government in the discharge of its duties. Senator Anyim, though not disturbed or worried by his encounter with the EFCC, after all, he went to their office by himself, has however noted some reports in some social media platforms that deliberately distorted the facts just to call his integrity to question.

“Senator Anyim remains steadfast in his commitment to join hands with men and women of goodwill to unite, heal and advance the cause of our dear country, Nigeria, and will continue to offer himself and services to the pursuit of same, notwithstanding the blackmail, falsehood and misinformation and misrepresentations that some opportunists will seek to make out of such episodes like his recent encounter with the EFCC.

“He believes that together, we shall all build a better Nigeria.”

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