‘I never prosecuted GoodswillÂ Akpabio on behalf of EFCC’ – Festus Keyamo
Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment has denied ever prosecuting the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.
A report in The Guardian newspaper published on September 27 had alleged that Mr Keyamo prosecuted Akpabio on behalf of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Keyamo, however, in a letter to the head of politics at The Guardian, Anote Ajeluorou, sought a retraction of the report.
“In the said article, there was a clear factual inaccuracy when you suggested that I was engaged sometime in the immediate past by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to prosecute Senator Godswill Akpabio for alleged graft”.
“Nothing can be farther from the truth. I decided to keep a dignified silence in the last few weeks when some mischievous and/or ill-informed individuals kept spreading that narrative in the social media.
The reason is that I do not always bother myself to respond to factually inaccurate issues concerning me that are raised from sources that are not credible news outlets, no matter how intense the discussions or debates about those issues become in the social media.
??. My refutal of all that social media nonsense that I once prosecuted Senator Godswill Akpabio for graft on behalf of the EFCC. I never did. https://t.co/qWTsDB6WKj
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) October 7, 2019
“You can then imagine my shock when a supposedly respectable paper like The Guardian swallowed that narrative hook, line, and sinker without the slightest effort at fact-checking.
“Even without searching on Google the cases I have prosecuted, a simple telephone call as a journalist to the spokesperson of the EFCC would have duly informed you that at no time was I ever engaged by the EFCC to prosecute Senator Godswill Akpabio and I never did. All the stories about that have been nothing but social media nonsense.
As far as I can recollect, at no time was Senator Godswill Akpabio charged or arraigned by the EFCC in any court of law for any offence. So how come I was engaged to prosecute a non-existent charge?
“Kindly retract that portion of your article, whilst I have chosen to ignore all the other innuendoes and subliminal messages you sought to pass across in the said article without hitting the nail on the head.”
Written by Kartia Velino