The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has asked the general public to disregard online media reports claiming that the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, had invited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate the immediate-past FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, about certain irregularities in the award of contracts and related matters.
The FCTA, in a statement signed by the director of press in the FCT Administration, Anthony Ogunleye, on Sunday, described the report as a deliberate attempt to spread fake news and create unnecessary tensions.
According to the statement, the FCTA categorically and unequivocally stated that the reports were entirely baseless and without any merit whatsoever.
“The FCT Minister, during his routine inspections of various projects within the FCT, has indeed expressed concerns and frustrations regarding irregularities observed in the procurement and execution of certain projects, amongst other observations which he very publicly expressed.
“However, at no point did he contemplate or authorize any action by anyone within or outside the FCT Administration to invite the EFCC or ICPC to investigate the former FCT Minister in connection with these or any other matters.
“The online story in question is nothing more than a product of the imagination of its authors and is clearly designed to mischievously sow discord and confusion among the general public.
“We view such misinformation with great concern and urge the public and well-meaning Nigerians to exercise caution and discernment when encountering such unfounded reports,” he stated.
He further noted that the FCT minister remains focused on his responsibilities to ensure the efficient and transparent administration of the FCT.
“Any actions or decisions taken by the FCTA in this regard will be communicated through official channels and in accordance with due process.
“We hereby advise the general public to disregard the story in its entirety, as it is nothing but a deliberate attempt to spread fake news and create unnecessary tensions.
“Barrister Nyesom Wike remains committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity and accountability in the discharge of his duties and remains committed to building the FCT of our collective dreams,” he stated.