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