The Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria has released a statement on media reports for the past 2 days about the anti-graft agency allegedly freezing seven accounts belonging to the Adeleke family.
The rumours had also alleged that the account of pop star Davido (real name David Adeleke) as well as that of his uncle, Ademola Adeleke, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)‘s candidate for the September 22 gubernatorial election in Osun State.
Davido has been very vocal about his support for his uncle’s governorship bid and even performed at his rally on Saturday.
In a statement on Sunday, the EFCC said it “did not freeze the Adelekes’ accounts.” It also called on members of the public to disregard the report, which it said “is patently false and contrived to dress the agency with a partisan garb in the unfolding political contest in Osun State.”
The statement added:
For the avoidance of doubt, at no time did the EFCC place a freeze order on any account belonging to members of the Adeleke family.
The purported freeze order which has unfortunately been amplified by pliable sections of the media without any attempt at confirmation, is alien to the Commission and another example of fake news.
The EFCC frowns at the seeming attempts by faceless forces to drag it into the political fray and, for the umpteenth time, restates its neutrality as a law enforcement organization that is sworn to uphold the law at all times, irrespective whose interest is at stake.