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I was not quizzed by EFCC, says Enugu Perm. Sec.

By The Citizen

Mrs. Eunice Ugwu, a Permanent Secretary in the Enugu State Civil

Service has described as false and mischievous, some newspapers

reports that she was quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes

Commission (EFCC) over the construction of a new workers' secretariat.

Until her elevation by Governor Sullivan Chime to the post of a

permanent secretary, Mrs. Ugwu was the Accountant General  of Enugu

State.

In a press statement which she personally signed, she said:

'My attention has been drawn to reports published in the April 15,

2013 editions of Daily Independent, Vanguard, Guardian and Punch which

stated among other things that, as Accountant General of Enugu State,

I was interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

(EFCC) in respect of a petition said to have been written by one Osita

Okechukwu alleging fraud in the construction of a new workers'

secretariat by the Enugu State Government.

'I wish to make it categorically clear that there is no truth

whatsoever in these reports  because I was not, at any time,   invited

or interrogated by the EFCC on the issue of the new secretariat or any

other issue for that matter.

'Also, I did not, at any time, receive officials or operatives of the

EFCC in my office let alone hold discussions with them on the above

project or on any other issue concerning the state.

'These reports are, therefore, for all intents and purposes, wicked

and mischievous fabrications that could only have been designed to

embarrass me and the Government of Enugu State. I challenge the

reporters to provide evidence to contradict this fact.

'The authors of this deliberate and obviously syndicated falsehood

also mischievously claimed that I was removed as Accountant-General

and appointed a Permanent Secretary as a consequence of the

non-existent interrogation by the EFCC.

'My simple response to this is to express my gratitude to His

Excellency, Governor Sullivan Chime for finding me worthy of elevation

along with other citizens of Enugu State, to the coveted pinnacle of

the State Civil Service.

'Finally, I am constrained to say that I found it rather surprising

that such patent falsehood regarding my person and former office could

be published in highly reputable newspapers without making any effort

whatsoever to crosscheck the facts with me.

'I believe that the need for this rebuttal would not have arisen had

anyone taken the steps in line with standard professional practice, to

establish the truth.'