MAN faults EFCC’s visit to Dangote’s office

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has faulted what it describes as an armed invasion of Dangote Industries Limited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in relation to the ongoing probe of forex allocation to 52 firms.

According to a statement signed by MAN’s Director-General, Segun Ajayi-Kadir, the association said it received the news of the invasion of the Dangote Industries Limited by dozens of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission operatives with great shock.

The association noted that while it is not averse to the conduct of due investigations into the activities of companies, such inquiries should be done appropriately and devoid of the sheer brigandage that was seen on display.

The statement read in part, “What we understand is that it is part of EFCC’s ongoing investigation into forex allocations in the country. We believe it is within the remit of EFCC to do so.

“But the question is what is the wisdom in security operatives swooping on the headquarters of a leading African conglomerate only to demand documents relating to the allocation of foreign exchange to the Group in the last 10 years? Is it that the company refused to respond to a request to present those documents?

“It is whether it will take an armed invasion by dozens of security operatives to get documents from a well-structured and identifiable company like DIL. We also understand that about 50 other companies are also been investigated, probably with a likelihood of receiving the same ill-treatment.”

MAN also pointed out that since there was no possibility of armed resistance by the company, there was no need to hurt the corporate image and disrupt the business operations of the company via a ‘Gestapo’ form of invasion.

It added that the fact that the administration is currently actively engaged in activities aimed at attracting foreign investors should dictate a more circumspect and civil way to make enquiries and secure documents from existing/domestic operators.

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