EFCC denies ‘Port Harcourt’ zonal holding facility
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has debunked the rumour of a holding facility purported to be the anti-graft’s Port Harcourt zonal office.
A tweeter user identify as @realdayne had tweeted images from a yet to be confirmed building, where about a gross number of shirtless men were seen held in a hallow corner of a building early Tuesday. The twitter user captioned is post thus: “As Spotted Today @officialEFCC zonal office in PH What’s your take on this???”
— PORT-HARCOURT EVENTS (@TheRealDayne) February 10, 2020
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe tweet continues: ”
Additional Information…. I was made to know that this is an Everyday thing, that @officialEFCC zonal office in PH keeps this people here, under the rain and sun, Night and Day, they do not have internal detention centre, where they can keep them when the weather is unfavorable.
Reacting to the allegation, EFCC posted the picture of its Port Harcourt zonal office in denial of @realdayne claims.The anti-graft agency in series of tweets explained that the twitter user intentionally fabricated the story to drag its hard earn reputations in the mud. It therefore calls for an apology.
The agency further boast of the best holding facilities in Nigeria, feed detainees three square meals, and that all its zonal offices are well equipped with medical facilities.
Quoting EFCC series of tweets:
EFCC Boasts of One of the Best Holding Facilities in the Country The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to a trending tweet from@TheRealDayne showing pictures purported to be the EFCC Port Harcourt Zonal Office Holding Cell.
The Commission hereby states that the tweet is not just the imagination of its author, but a mischief and a calculated attempt to smear the hard-earned reputation of the Commission.Contrary to the fake pictures circulated by @TheRealDayne, the facility in Port Harcourt Zonal Office, like all other EFCC cells, boasts of a high degree of decency.Therefore, cannot be the open dumping facility, surrounded by razor-wired walls, depicted in the picture that was mischievously circulated.It is important to further clarify that EFCC detention centres are known for their remarkable care for detainees in line with our avowed respect for human right and dignity.The Commission can state without fear of contradiction that our Port Harcourt detention facility, like all others across the country, is further bolstered by a well-equipped medical centre that attends to the health needs of detainees. These detainees are further fed three square meals daily from the same canteen that service officers and men of the Commission.Were it not so, suspects standing trial for corruption would not prefer to be remanded in the custody of the Commission to those of the nation’s Correctional Centres. It is on record that no detainee has challenged the Commission for rights violation in court.It is well understood that the intention of this misleading tweet is to embarrass the Commission.This has left us with no other choice than to investigate the brains behind it and to consequently take any further needful action that may serve as deterrent to all other mischief-makers in this mould.The EFCC is a responsible law enforcement agency, locally and internationally acclaimed for its outstanding achievements in the fight against corruption in the country.The Commission welcomes criticisms, so long as they are meaningful and constructive, but frowns at premeditated attempts to drag its hard-earned reputation and image to the mud. Attached is the Holding facility at the Port Harcourt Zonal office. Tony Orilade Acting Head, Media & Publicity February 11, 2020
EFCC Boasts of One of the Best Holding Facilities in the Country
The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to a trending tweet from @TheRealDayne showing pictures purported to be the EFCC Port Harcourt Zonal Office Holding Cell.
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) February 11, 2020
Corroborating EFCC claim, another tweeter user said the facility in question belong to the anti cultism arm of the Nigeria Police, GRA, Rivers State.
Yes, this pictures are not from @officialEFCC Zonal Office PH. Rather it is from Anti-cultism arm of @PoliceNG Rivers State Command. The station is located in GRA, Port Harcourt. I got a distress call on this matter on my way to Force Headquarters Abuja yesterday. @PoliceNG_CRU https://t.co/2rX312Vx0B
— Ambrose Ekeroku (@padreamby) February 11, 2020
The Nigerian Police is yet to confirm this as at the time of this report.