The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has denied the news making the round on social media ,that the agency received a N10million donation from Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to organise anti-corruption marathon.
In a statement released by the Mr Ganduje’s spokesman, Aminu Yassar, said the governor had donated the money to EFCC, ICPC and Athletic Federation of Nigeria for the anti-corruption campaign.
The spokesman for the EFCC, Tony Orilade, responded immediately, that the commission distanced itself from receiving any donation from the state governor.
“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a trending story in the social media concerning a purported statement credited to the media aide of the Kano State governor to the effect that the Commission got a N10 Million donation from the state government.
“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 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.