The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it would investigate those behind the tweet showing pictures purported to be the agency’s Port Harcourt Zonal Office detention facility.
The EFCC said doing so would serve as deterrent to other mischief makers, adding that it is well understood that the intention of the tweet was to embarrass the commission.
The EFCC stated this in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Tony Orilade and posted on its official twitter handle @officialEFCC on Tuesday while reacting to a trending tweet from @TheRealDayne showing pictures purported to be the commission’s Port Harcourt Zonal Office Holding Cell.
In the photo tweet by @TheRealDayne, detainees could be seen cramped up in an open facility surrounded by razor-wired walls.
According to the statement, the tweet is not just the imagination of its author, but a mischief and a calculated attempt to smear the hard-earned reputation of the commission.
The statement reads briefly: “Contrary to the fake pictures circulated by @TheRealDayne, the facility in Port Harcourt Zonal Office, like all other EFCC cells, boasts of a high degree of decency and therefore, cannot be the open dumping facility, surrounded by razor-wired walls, depicted in the picture that was mischievously circulated.
“It is important to further clarify that EFCC detention centres are known for their remarkable care for detainees in line with our avowed respect for human right and dignity.
“The Commission can state without fear of contradiction that our Port Harcourt detention facility, like all others across the country, is further bolstered by a well-equipped medical centre that attends to the health needs of detainees, who are further fed three square meals daily from the same canteen that service officers and men of the Commission.
“Were it not so, suspects standing trial for corruption would not prefer to be remanded in the custody of the Commission to those of the nation’s Correctional Centres. It is on record that no detainee has challenged the Commission for rights violation in court.”
While adding that the EFCC is a responsible law enforcement agency, the statement added that the commission welcomes constructive criticisms.
Recall that former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke had on Monday, through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome told the Federal High Court Abuja that he preferred to be sent to the Kuje Correctional Centre instead of the EFCC detention facility.
According to Adoke, this is to avoid the “mental and psychological” trauma he went through in the custody of the EFCC.