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Dangote: EFCC officials visited head office, but did not take away any documents

*The Management of Dangote Industries Limited clarifies that the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission visited its head office, in Lagos, but did not take away any documents

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Contrary to speculations in some sections of the media that officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) left with some documents from the head office of the conglomerate in Lagos, the Management of Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) have clarified that the officials of the Commission truly visited the company, but did not take away any documents.

Dangote Group, in a statement issued Sunday, January 7, 2024, said in an earlier advertorial published in some national dailies, the Management of DIL acknowledged the EFCC officials visited its head office January 4 this year and left after some time. The statement also indicated that the officials did not take any documents with them as the company’s staff were already in the EFCC office with the said documents.

Dangote noted: “Our team took the first batch of documents to the EFCC, on the same day they visited us.

“The officers, who saw our staff in their office did not accept the documents, insisting on visiting our offices.”

The statement further said: “Whilst our representatives were still in the EFCC office to deliver the documents, a team of their officers proceeded to visit our offices to demand the same documents in a manner that appeared designed to cause us unwarranted embarrassment.

“Worthy of note is the fact that the officials did not take any documents or files from our Head office during their visit as these were already in their office.”

The Management of Dangote Group as well asserted that the company did not have anything to hide as it operates open and transparent transactions.

On specific documents requested by the Commission

Dangote Group also explained the documents, which the EFCC officials requested were from 2014, and the conglomerate sought clarification on the subsidiaries or companies within the Group that they required information on and pleaded for time, to be able to put all the documents together.

It stated: “However, the EFCC did not provide the clarification sought and did not honour the request for an extension, but insisted on receiving the complete set of documents within the limited timeframe.”

Despite the constraints, DIL Management through the advertorial stated: “We assured the EFCC of our commitment to providing the information and pledged to share documents in batches as we complete the compilation.”

The DIL said: “As a law-abiding and ethical corporate citizen, we remain committed to providing the EFCC with all necessary information and cooperation.

“We have already delivered the first batch of documents, and are actively working to compile and submit the remaining documents, in good time, to aid their investigation.”

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