The Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja has denied reports that Nyesom Wike, the current FCT minister, invited the EFCC and ICPC to look into Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the previous FCT Minister, regarding some irregularities in the awarding of contracts and other similar issues.
The FCT ministry’s director of press, Anthony Ogunleye, issued a statement on Saturday describing the reports as untrue.
The ministry asserted that despite Mr Wike having publicly expressed his disapproval over anomalies discovered in the procurement and implementation of several projects, among other things, the minister has no plans to invite the EFCC or ICPC to probe the administration of his predecessor.
The ministry words:
“We categorically and unequivocally state that these reports are 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.
“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.
“The FCT Minister remains focused on his responsibilities to ensure the efficient and transparent administration of the Federal Capital Territory.
“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.