Paul Obi in Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) thursday said the position of the Senate that the commission did not submit its audited account to the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation since inception was not correct.
The Senate had during the week queried government agencies that had failed to comply with the law in submitting their audited account to the Auditor General of the Federation, fingering the EFCC as one of the agencies that have not submitted its audited report since its creation.
But according to EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, “it is incorrect to say that the EFCC has never submitted audit report to the office of the Auditor General since inception.
“A check with that office would have forestalled this error of fact.
“Moreover, the yearly Annual Report of the commission to the National Assembly is accompanied by the audited account of the commission,” Uwujaren observed.
While threatening to take action against agencies who have not submitted their audited report, the Senate warned that failure to comply will compel the lawmakers to withhold the 2018 budget of such agencies, including the EFCC.
The commission and the Senate had been on loggerheads on various fronts, which include the rejection to confirm EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, court cases instituted by the commission against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and more than a dozen other senators among other issues.