The Federal Government has absolved President Muhammadu Buhari of blames on the arrest of the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).The government said the EFCC never contacted the President before arresting Metuh and others, noting that the anti-graft Commission has a job to do and hence does not need to take directive from the president before doing that.
There have been allegations that the arrest of the PDP spokesman and other top members of the PDP was a ploy by the Buhari’s government to weaken the opposition.
Some few days ago, Olisa Metuh and the former national chairman of the PDP, Haliru Bello were arraigned before a federal high court in Abuja.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed while speaking with newsmen after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari urged the media to also conduct their independent investigations on the allegations leveled against the suspects and verify if they were genuine or not.
According to the minister, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) does not contact the president before doing their job adding that on the other hand, President Buhari does not direct the EFCC on who to arrest.
He said, “I think the first point to make is that this government is not micro-managing 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. “
“I think the media also has to do more than they are doing right now, they should investigate these allegations and also make their independent judgement about it.
“Honestly if the EFCC or ICPC says that they are able to trace certain amount 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”, he added.