The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has issued a disclaimer, saying a trending photograph purportedly taken by socialite, Obi Cubana on the agency’s premises is fake.
The EFCC stated this in a couple of statements released by the agency on Friday and signed by its Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren.
One of the statements said, “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) wishes to disclaim a trending photograph in the social media purported to have been taken by socialite Obi Cubana in the premises of the Commission, crowded by people described as staff of the EFCC.
“The said picture captioned: EFCC Crew poses for quick photograph with billionaire socialite and businessman, Obi Cubana, was not taken in EFCC facility and the people therein are unknown to the Commission.
“The Commission warns the public not to be misled by another mischievous stunt by Cubana’s publicists.”
Another statement titled ‘Obi Cubana Did not Take Photo with EFCC Staff’, said, “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to fake news trending on social media with the caption, ‘EFCC Crew poses for quick photograph with billionaire socialite and businessman Obi Cubana’.
“The caption is as fake as any fake news can ever be because, at no time during his ongoing investigation, period in custody or release did Obi Cubana pose for photographs with EFCC staff.
“Uncle Deji, a popular security analyst, using his social media handle, has debunked the fake news, saying, ‘This post is deliberately misleading, this picture was taken 7th October 2021 during a book launch of Colonel Chukwu Obasi at Nigerian Army Resource Centre in Abuja in which Obi Cubana attended as a guest’.
“Members of the public are therefore advised to ignore the fake news and misleading imputation which has been traced to the social media account of Sabi Radio (sabiradio), which first went to town with the fake news at 1.06 pm on 5 November, 2021. Sabiradio’s watermark is telltale on the photograph.
“The Commission shall not hesitate to take urgent necessary steps to address this and other fake news seeking to drag EFCC’s hard-won name and professional reputation in the mud.”
Cubana was released by the EFCC on Thursday after spending three days in detention following his arrest for alleged money laundering, others