The family of Goodie Ibru has described the recent public notice issued by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declaring Goodie wanted over the allegation of capital market fraud, money laundering and diversion of funds as scandalous, misleading and unfortunate.
In a statement issued yesterday and signed by Akpofure Ibru, the family described the EFCC’s appeal to members of the public to furnish them with information on Ibru’s whereabouts as an unfortunate expression because he is not on the run.
According to the statement, the EFCC had on July 19, 2016, invited Ibru for an interview. Ibru replied through the law firm of Babalakin & Co,on July 25, that he would not be able to honour the invitation until his planned return in the first week of November 2016 as he was in the United Kingdom undergoing medical treatment.
Babalakin & Co in its response, had stressed that as their client was a law-abiding citizen who has no interest in foiling the administration of justice and had assured the anti-graft agency that Mr. Ibru would appear before the commission as soon as he recovered from his illness and returns to Nigeria.
The statement also said there was no further word from the EFCC, the understanding was that the promise to keep the November date had been accepted by the commission.
The family said it was, therefore, scandalous to read the EFCC notice of October 12, purporting that Mr. Ibru was on the run.
It furthermore decried what it regarded as “creeping bias” into an investigation that in the main “centres on family misunderstanding and boardroom politics.”
And thus, urged the anti-graft commission to be professional in its service delivery, saying that the family dispute was at the heart of EFCC’s decision to file a notice of discontinuance on September 17, 2015, to a suit between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Goodie Ibru and three others.
The EFCC had on Wednesday declared Mr Goodie Ibru wanted in connection with allegations of capital market fraud and a lingering crisis over shares of Ikeja Hotels Plc.