The recent removal of the Chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] in the person of Madam Farida Waziri by the President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan appears to have secret reasons that resulted to the sacking of the Chairperson. Information available to 247ureports.com indicates that the former EFCC Chairperson was sacked abruptly/unceremoniously following “unauthorized” investigations performed by the EFCC on some of the prominent Federal Ministers that constitute President Jonathan’s kitchen cabinet. The EFCC investigation was reported to have unearthed significant financial crimes committed by the said ministers.
The EFCC Madam had initiated an “unauthorized” investigation into a few Ministers considered close to the President -of which Diezani Allison Madueke was part of. And at the completion of the investigation, the findings were personally presented to the President by the EFCC Madam. Of particular attention and concern to the President was the information unearthed on the Federal Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison Madueke which indicated that she had purchased a luxurious mansion in Australia worth over $20million among other investments scattered across the globe. Other Ministers were also indicted by the report.
As 247ureports.com was reliably informed by a top ranking EFCC board member, the President, upon receiving the findings from the EFCC Madam, sought for the EFCC halt actions on the findings. The Presidency, as gathered, was not particularly pleased with the list of names/individuals investigated. The source termed EFCC’s efforts as “disloyal” and somewhat “anti-Jonathan”. It was understood that the EFCC Madam wanted to “rubbish” the ministrial cabinet of the President noted the source who also continued to explain that the EFCC Madam knew that the Presidency willmost likely terminated her appointment as the EFCC Chairperson-and so had little reservations or fear to launched a daunting inquiry into the financial activities of some of Jonathan’s close ministers.
Our source revealed also that it was through the EFCC investigation that it was uncovered that the Petroluem Minister owed a mansion worth over $20million. And when the Presidency was made aware of it by the EFCC, the Presidency asked the EFCC to put a tight lid on the information and to halt all actions on the matter. But the EFCC Madam had other intentions. Instead of muting actions on the findings, the EFCC Madam sought to leak some of her findings to the media in a manner that would seem safe. She leaked the information through an Australian based newspaper.
But it backfired.
As the news broke, the Petroluem minister in tandem with the presidency launched an inquiry through the Nigerian Intelligence Agency [NIA] into the source of the news leak. The inquiry pointed to the EFCC Madam. Farida Waziri was then instructed to report to the Aso Villa for an immediate querry. The next day her sack was announced.