EFCC Explains Raid On Dangote Office

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has provided further information about its plan to visit the Dangote Group’s headquarters in Lagos.

It should be noted that EFCC agents invaded the Dangote Group’s Lagos headquarters last Thursday.

The visit is said to be connected to forex allocations to the group from 2015 until the time Godwin Emefiele was suspended as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by President Bola Tinubu.

In response to the visit, Aliko Dangote, Chairman of the Dangote Group, denied any wrongdoing and stated his willingness to assist the anti-graft agency in its investigations.

According to a source from the EFCC, as reported by The Nation, the anti-graft agency recently went to the Dangote Group Headquarters with a search warrant.

Their purpose was to obtain important documents regarding forex allocations to the company from 2014 to 2023, during the time when Godwin Emefiele was the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The source revealed that the EFCC decided to visit the Dangote office because the company had not been cooperative in providing the requested documents.

However, it is important to note that this visit was not a raid. The EFCC entered the premises with a search warrant and allowed staff, customers, and visitors to freely enter and exit the building.

He went on to say that the visit was appropriate since its agents were “able to obtain the vital documents they required.”

The EFCC stated that it would not join the case against the corporation but instead requested that Nigerians wait for the result of the inquiry.

“We did not storm or raid the office because we allowed staff, customers, and visitors to go in and out of the place. The search was justifiable because our operatives got the vital documents they wanted on foreign exchange allocations to Dangote Group,” the source said.

“As an anti-graft agency, EFCC will not join issues with Dangote Group, but Nigerians should wait for the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

“No one or group can impede or delay investigation. We cannot be deterred; we will get to the roots of the forex allocations in 10 years,” he added.

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Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.