By Victor Ernest
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its personnel did not molest the staff of The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of The Sun Newspapers.
Operatives of the anti-graft agency were reported to have stormed the publishing firm’s Lagos office on Monday morning and allegedly subjected its workers to molestation and intimidation.
The paper, owned by the embattled former governor of Abia state Orji Kalu, also reported that the raid lasted for one hour during which the workers were subjected to ”crude intimidation, psychological and emotional trauma”.
Kalu has been having a running court battle with the commission.
The agency dragged him to court for alleged misappropriation and embezzlement of public funds during his tenure as Governor.
The media outfit is said to be among the property of the former Governor which he would have to forfeit to the EFCC following a forfeiture order the agency obtained from the Federal High Court.
The newspaper said an appeal it filed against the forfeiture order was still pending, wondering why its premises would be invaded by the commission.
Allegation is diversionary
countering the claims of the newspaper outfit, the spokesman of the agency, Wilson Uwujaren, described The Sun’s allegations as diversionary.
”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.
”There was no reason to molest anybody as the commission has always related professionally with the publishing outfit.”