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EFCC denies alleged poisoning of ex- Skye bank boss

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The Economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) has denied an allegation
that its operatives poisoned the Chairman of the defunct Skye Bank, Mr Tunde
Ayeni.

EFCC in a statement signed by its acting spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade, dismissed
the allegation as a “false alarm is to incite public opinion against the EFCC.
The statements read: “The attention of the EFCC has been drawn to a report in
Thisday newspaper of Saturday, February 9 with the headline: “EFCC Has
Poisoned Tunde Ayeni in custody, allege opposition parties.”

“The report according to the author followed a press release issued on Friday,
February 8, in Abuja by the spokesman of the coalition of united political parties
(CUPP) CUPP, Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere.

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“Ugochinyere claimed that a credible source revealed to him that Ayeni was
currently undergoing treatment “in an undisclosed medical facility after he was
poisoned in the detention cell of the EFCC.

“We found it compelling to state in no unclear terms that Ayeni upon arrest and
conveyance to the commission was neither offered food nor drink by our
operatives.

“There was also nothing consumable: food, drink or water that was brought to
him within the brief period he was with his interrogators.
“When he complained of illness and opted to see a doctor, he was promptly
obliged. We also wish to state that so far, there has not been any report of any
dire health condition on Ayeni and its likely there would not be.

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“The public may wish to know that the commission in the course of its duties has
become conversant with all manners of theatrics from some suspects who would
elect not to cooperate.

“It is also our desire to inform CUPP that as a commission, we follow due process,
and that we are a law-abiding entity and as such, will not keep Ayeni longer than
required by law.

“We also give our word that he will have his day in court as and when due. We
therefore wish to clarify that Ayeni has allegations of corruption to thrash out
with us. It was strictly for this purpose that he became our guest.

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“It is important at this point that we restate that the commission under the
leadership of its Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu is well insulated from going-ons
in the political space and that our mandate is well cut out for us by
constitution.”(NAN)

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