The federal government has refuted claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the arrest of its spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is an attempt to silence the opposition.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at which President Muhammadu Buhari presided.
While answering questions from journalists, Mohammed said the federal government does not dictate to the anti-corruption agencies how to do their work.
“I think the first point to make is that this government is not micromanaging any of the anti-graft agencies. I know for a fact that they don’t contact the president or anybody before they do their job,” Mohammed said.
“I think the media also have to do more than they are doing right now. They should investigate these allegations and also make their independent judgments about them.
“Honestly, if the EFCC or ICPC says that they are able to trace certain amounts of money to my account, I don’t want you to believe it, I want you to also ask for proof. Do your investigation.
“I can assure you that this government, no functionary in government micromanages or directs the EFCC or ICPC on who to arrest and who not to arrest.”