EFCC denies torture cell, vows to arrest promoter of fake report

EFCC denies torture cell, vows to arrest promoter of fake report

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)has denied a media report that it has a torture Cell in Port Harcourt where the operatives maltreat detainees. It also refuted the same media report that the facility was overcrowded a. Head of the Port Harcourt Zonal office, Usman Imam, who spoke at a media briefing Wednesday, dismissed the report as fake.

According to Imam, “the picture of detainees crammed into an open-air cell purported to belong to the EFCC Zonal office in Port Harcourt is fake. The images are strange to us”. He further stated that the Commission,

“do not have an open-cell, our cell is a stand-alone facility with no close proximity to any story building; we have never had large inmates that the cell could not accommodate, and we have no history of mistreatment of detainees”. 

He noted that suspects being tried by the Commission prefer to be remanded in EFCC custody.

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“If the Commission had been abusing the rights of detainees, they would not prefer its facility to prison”, he added. Imam described the tweet by @ TheRealDayne as a mischievous fabrication intended to mislead the public and ridicule the Commission. He vowed that the culprit would be tracked, arrested and prosecuted.

He however assured that the mischief will not deter the Commission “from the vigorous pursuit of our mandate to fight economic and financial crimes. Under my watch, there shall be no hiding place for criminals in the zone, be they illegal oil bunkers or cybercriminals”.Imam who conducted the journalists around the cell and the Medical Centre of the zonal office implored them to reflect the reality in their reports.

“This is the reason I have invited you to see things for yourselves, to enable you to inform the public about the true situation”, he said.

About the Author
Philomena  Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.  

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