EFCC raid: Dangote clarifies visit, says no accusation of wrongdoing

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Thw Chairman of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote has clarified the recent visit of officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to its office, noting that there was no accusation any wrongdoing.

Recall that there was a raid on the Group’s corporate headquarters in Lagos by operatives of the anti-graft agency on Thursday, January 4.

The anti-graft agency is investigating 51 other companies over alleged preferential forex allocations to individuals and organisations by the apex bank in the last ten years.

In a statement signed on Saturday, by its Chairman, Aliko Dangote, the company affirmed its readiness to cooperate with the EFCC in its investigation into the matter.

The Company said, “On 6 December 2023, we received a letter requesting details of all the foreign exchange allocated to our company by the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2014 to the present. We understand similar letters were sent to 51 other Groups of companies requesting for same information spanning the same period.

“We responded to the EFCC to acknowledge receipt of the letter whilst seeking clarification on the subsidiaries or companies within the Group that they required information on. We also requested additional time to compile and properly present the extensive documentation spanning ten years.

“However, the EFCC did not provide the clarification sought and also did not honour our request for an extension and insisted on receiving the complete set of documents within the limited timeframe. Despite this constraint, we assured the EFCC of our commitment to providing the information and pledged to share documents in batches as we complete the compilation.

“On 4 January 2024, our team delivered the first batch of documents to the EFCC. However, officers of the EFCC did not accept the documents, insisting on visiting our offices to collect the same set of documents directly.

“Whilst our representatives were still at the EFCC’s office to deliver the documents, a team of their officers proceeded to visit our offices to demand the same documents in a manner that appeared designed to cause us unwarranted embarrassment. Worthy of note is the fact that the officials did not take any documents or files from our Head office during their visit as these were already in their office.

“As a law-abiding and ethical corporate citizen, we remain committed to providing the EFCC with all necessary information and cooperation. We have already delivered the first batch of documents and are actively working to compile and submit the remaining documents, in good time, to aid their investigation.

“We must emphasise that, to our knowledge, no accusations of wrongdoing have been made against any company within our Group. At present, we are only responding to a request for information to assist the EFCC with their ongoing investigation.

“Our group is a key contributor to the national GDP, the largest employer in the private sector, one of the largest groups listed on the Nigerian Exchange and one of the highest taxpayers in the country. We remain steadfast in our belief in Nigeria’s commitment to the rule of law and its dedication to fostering an environment conducive to investment and value creation for both local and foreign investors.

“We, therefore, call for the understanding and patience of our stakeholders and we will keep our stakeholders informed of any further developments.”

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