The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has denied media report that the Department of State Services (DSS) carted away incriminating files relating to either President Bola Tinubu and his close aides or former President Muhammadu Buhari and his aides from its facility and that of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
The anti-graft agency refuted a report by Sahara Reporters, titled, ‘Secret Police, DSS Carts Away Files Implicating President Tinubu, Close Aides From ICPC, CCB,’ in a statement posted to its verified social media handles, on Saturday,
In the statement, ICPC described the news report as fake and irresponsible.
“The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to a spurious news report by online medium, Saharareporters titled “Secret Police, DSS Carts Away Files Implicating President Buhari, Close Aides from ICPC, CCB”.
“The Commission hereby refute the report by Saharareporters and state unequivocally that there were no files implicating President Tinubu or close aides at its headquarters or offices across the states and therefore the alleged carting away of such imaginary files is unfounded and should be disregarded by the public.
“While the Commission does not dispute the role of the media to inform the public, it is however deeply disturbed by irresponsible practice and non-adherence to the tenets of the journalism profession by some media outlets.
“For the umpteenth time, the Commission wishes to urge media organisations not to allow the use of their medium to propagate lies and unfounded reports by subversive agents. The Commission’s channels of communications remain open for clarification and confirmation,” the statement read.