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FCT Minister Denies Plans to Investigate Former Minister

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FCT Minister Denies Plans to Investigate Former Minister
The FCT Minister, Barrister Nyesom Wike, has dismissed media reports suggesting that he plans to invite the EFCC and ICPC to investigate the former FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, regarding irregularities in contract awards. The Office of the FCT Minister released a statement clarifying that these reports are baseless and without merit. The statement emphasizes the Minister's commitment to transparency and accountability in the administration of the Federal Capital Territory.

ABUJA - The Office of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister has debunked the media reports making rounds claiming that the FCT Minister, Barr. Nyesom Wike plans to invite the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate the immediate past FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, in relation to certain irregularities in the award of contracts and other such matters.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the Director of Press, Office of the FCT Minister, Mr Anthony Ogunleye on Saturday in Abuja.

The statement reads: "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.

"However, at no point did he contemplate or authorize any action by anyone within or outside the FCT Administration to invite the EFCC or ICPC to investigate the former FCT Minister in connection with these or any other matters.

"The online story in question is nothing more than a product of the imagination of its authors and is clearly designed to mischievously sow discord and confusion among the general public.

"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.

"Barrister Nyesom Wike remains committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity and accountability in the discharge of his duties and remains committed to building the FCT of our collective dreams", the statement further stated.

These articles spread on the internet real quick. Stories of corruption, irregularities, and investigations capture the attention of the public, leading to speculation and unrest. In this case, the FCT Minister, Barrister Nyesom Wike, found himself at the center of such rumors.

However, the FCT Minister's Office wasted no time in addressing the matter and setting the record straight. They released a statement categorically denying any plans to invite the EFCC and ICPC to investigate the former FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.

The statement reiterated that the reports were baseless and without merit. The concerns expressed by the FCT Minister about irregularities in project procurement and execution were genuine, but he did not authorize any action to investigate the former minister.

It is essential to exercise caution and discernment when encountering such unfounded reports on the internet. Misinformation can easily spread, sowing discord and confusion among the general public.

The FCT Minister remains focused on his responsibilities to ensure an efficient and transparent administration of the Federal Capital Territory. Any actions or decisions taken regarding these matters will be communicated through official channels and in accordance with due process.

Barrister Nyesom Wike's commitment to upholding integrity and accountability in the discharge of his duties remains unwavering. He is dedicated to building the FCT of the collective dreams of Nigerians.

As citizens, it is important to be vigilant and not fall prey to fake news. It is crucial that we rely on official statements and trusted sources of information to form our opinions and judgments.

Rather than speculating and creating unnecessary tensions, let us support the government's efforts to promote transparency and eradicate corruption in our society.

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