The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) have refused to be drawn into the current travails of the former minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was arrested, Friday by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and subsequently arraigned, Monday, in a court of law in the country, over corruption and bribery charges.
The decision to decline comments on the matter has prompted Nigerians to reassess the level of participation of these anti-graft agencies in the arrest and trial of the former minister, contrary to earlier widely held opinions that they played provided intelligence leading to the arrest of Diezani.
Also, the anti-graft agencies did not make any comment on whether or not they participated in the investigation of alleged money laundering which led to the arrest of the former minister in the United Kingdom last week.
EFFC had reportedly on Friday searched Diezani’s residence in Abuja, which triggered speculations that vital information on the allegations against the former minister were recovered.
The commission however did not make an official pronouncement on the matter.
This is even as the EFCC spokesperson, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren declined comments on questions posed to him.