The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday denied receiving any donation from any state governor or group.
On its verified Twitter handle, @officialEFCC, the anti-graft agency said, no state governor or individual or group, has donated to the agency’s Anti-corruption Marathon project or any other projects.
The tweet read, “#Alert: For the avoidance of doubt, no State governor or some other individual or group has donated any amount of money to the EFCC to carry out the Anti-corruption Marathon project or any other project for that matter.”
It was reported that the Kano State governor, Umar Ganduje had donated the sum of N10 million to the National Anti-corruption Marathon, which is being organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, and Athletics Federation of Nigeria to organise the programme in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ganduje had reportedly announced the donation when he received members of the main organising committee in Abuja.
However, the EFCC’s statement said, “The story is not falsehood, but a deliberate attempt to malign the efforts of the Commission in the fight against corruption.
“For the records, it is a tradition that the EFCC does not receive donations from state governors/government or any individual at that.
“The EFCC, as a reputable anti-graft agency is sponsored by the federal government through budgetary allocation and in some cases, foreign organisations in terms of capacity building.
“It is true that the Commission, in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes, ICPC and the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN and other stakeholders is organizing the first National Anti-Corruption Marathon.
“Mr. Jacob Onu, the leader of the National Anti-Corruption Marathon had in the course of his visit to the Commission a fortnight ago told the Acting Chairman and his management about the marathon which he said is being planned in tandem with the International Anti-Corruption Day which usually comes up on December 9 every year.
“He said it was aimed at raising national consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption to the country and the need for all and sundry to join hands to eradicate it.
The story is not only unfounded but very mischievous.”