Posted on Tue 13 Jun 2017, 02:07 PM

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has confirmed a raid on the head office of the Sun Newspaper in Lagos.

The EFCC in a statement said the raid is part of routine efforts to ascertain the state of the assets of the publishing company, which is subject of subsisting interim forfeiture order.
The anti-graft agency also denied harassing staff of the newspaper.

A statement from the EFCC read, “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.

EFCC linked the raid to an enquiry into how the company has been managed as there is a court order hanging on the newspaper house.

“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 ten years.

“The Commission’s action is without prejudice to any appeal and only meant to verify the integrity of the assets.

“The attempt also to link the visit to the acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu’s threat to sue the organization over a libelous publication is also diversionary.

“Magu is pursuing that option in his private capacity and his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, did write the Sun and his letter was widely published in the media on March 31, 2017.

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