The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has threatened to take action against a social media account, Sabi Radio (sabiradio), over a photo it posted of business mogul, Obi Cubana with some supposed staff of the EFCC.
The photo, which started trending on facebook on Friday, shows the supposed staff of the EFCC striking a pose with the billionaire businessman, during his recent invitation by the anti-graft agency to their headquarters in Abuja, over allegations of money laundering and tax fraud against him.
Recall that Cubana was few days ago, invited to the EFCC headquarters, for interrogation over allegations of money laundering and tax fraud. The arrest drew a lot of condemnation from the public, who saw it as a mere witch-hunt of a “clean” businessman. He has since been released by the commission after spending days in custody.
In a swift reaction, the EFCC in a short but strongly worded statement issued by its Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the photo and the caption, accompanying it, are fake.
Uwujaren said at no time during his ongoing investigation, period in custody or release did Obi Cubana pose for photographs with EFCC staff.
According to him, the commission shall not hesitate to take urgent necessary steps to address this and other “fake news seeking to drag EFCC’s hard-won name and professional reputation in the mud.”
He urged members of the public to “ignore the fake news and misleading imputation which has been traced to the social media account of Sabi Radio (sabiradio), which first went to town with the fake news at 1.06 pm on 5 November, 2021. Sabiradio’s watermark is telltale on the photograph.”
A part of his statement also reads: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to fake news trending on social media with the caption, “EFCC Crew poses for quick photograph with billionaire socialite and businessman Obi Cubana”.
“The caption is as fake as any fake news can ever be because, at no time during his ongoing investigation, period in custody or release did Obi Cubana pose for photographs with EFCC staff.
“Uncle Deji, a popular security analyst, using his social media handle, has debunked the fake news, saying,
“This post is deliberately misleading, this picture was taken 7th October 2021 during a book launch of Colonel Chukwu Obasi at Nigerian Army Resource Centre in Abuja in which Obi Cubana attended as a guest”.