Nigeria’s anti-graft agency is struggling to explain how a former chairman of defunct lender, Skye Bank, Mr Tunde Ayeni, who is in their custody got poisoned.

There are allegations that the agency’s operatives poisoned the troubled banker, but it has denied it.

A statement by the commission’s acting spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade in Abuja on Saturday dismissed the allegation as a “false alarm to incite public opinion against the EFCC”.

“The attention of the EFCC has been drawn to a report in Thisday newspaper of Saturday, February 9 with the headline: “EFCC Has Poisoned Tunde Ayeni in Custody, Allege Opposition Parties.”

“The report according to the author, followed a press release issued on Friday, February 8, in Abuja by the spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) CUPP, Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere.

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“Ugochinyere claimed that a credible source revealed to him that Ayeni was currently undergoing treatment “in an undisclosed medical facility after he was poisoned in the detention cell of the EFCC.

“We found it compelling to state in no unclear terms that Ayeni upon arrest and conveyance to the commission was neither offered food nor drink by our operatives.

“There was also nothing consumable: food, drink or water that was brought to him within the brief period he was with his interrogators.

“When he complained of illness and opted to see a doctor, he was promptly obliged.

“We also wish to state that so far, there has not been any report of any dire health condition on Ayeni and it’s likely there would not be.”

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