The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced that it will file a libel suit against Femi Fani-Kayode, Yinka Odumakin “and other purveyors of the evil news” over claims that the agency raided the house of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The two men have also been invited by the anti-graft agency to explain their actions.
The agency, in reaction to rumours on social media on Tuesday, said the aim of the people behind the ‘fake news’ was to instigate the public against it. It also indicated that it will file a libel suit against the two politicians “and other purveyors of the evil news” over claims that the agency raided the house of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The Commission said on Wednesday that two politicians who circulated a fake news on Tuesday would be questioned today. Tony Orilade, a spokesperson for the Commission, said the news could injure the country’s interest and said Fani-Kayode and Odumakin would have to explain their action.
Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister, posted a tweet Tuesday afternoon that EFCC operatives had surrounded the residence of the Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen. Odumakin, an Afenifere chieftain, also posted a video saying he had learnt of the EFCC’s move against the top jurist.
However, both claims turned out false by Tuesday night, with Mr Onnoghen himself denying the claim.
Orilade said if both men failed to disclose useful information, they may not be released on time.
THE EFCC‘s INITIAL STATEMENT
The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to the falsehood which has been spreading on the social media that the EFCC has arrested the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. This is not only a figment of the imagination of the purveyor of the fake news, but an evil machination by the creator and carriers of the news aimed at creating anarchy in the country.
For the record, the EFCC never went to the house of the CJN for arrest neither was invitation extended to him.
Several calls and short messages received all point to the fact that the brains behind the fake news had one thing in mind: to act as agent of destabilization. We would not give in to their plots.
One of the architect of the fake news, Femi Fani-Kayode, was quoted as saying “Why have the EFCC surrounded the home of CJN Onnoghen and why are they seeking to arrest him? These people want Nigeria to burn! Buhari call off your dogs before it is too late! This is a democracy and not a gestapo state! In the name of God let this madness stop”. Another arrowhead of the fake news, Yinka Odumakin shared a non-existent video which has gone viral.
We want to assure Nigerians that while we would fight corruption in line with the mandate setting up the Commission, agents of darkness, in the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode, Yinka Odumakin and his cohorts, would never be able to manipulate the people against the Commission.
We also want to assure Fani-Kayode, Yinka Odumakin and other purveyors of the evil news to be ready to defend their actions in the court of law as the EFCC will file libel suit against them without further delay. d