EFCC refutes claims of assault on actress

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has denied claims by Nollywood actress, Helena Duru, that its agents assaulted the actress during a raid.

Helena, on Saturday, accused some operatives of the Economic and Financial Commission of breaking into her home and physically assaulting her in Enugu State.

The actress shared graphic photos and videos of the aftermath of the physical assault on her body by the anti-graft operatives.

In a statement released by the agency on Saturday, Duru’s account of events was tagged a “poorly- scripted claim that has fallen flat in the face of unassailable facts.”

EFCC further stated that while forensic analysis will be carried out on the video posted via Duru’s Instagram page on Saturday, members of the public are to ignore actress’ claims.

The release read in part, “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to an online video trending on Instagram, from the handle of a certain “@Iamhelenaduru”, a self-styled actress, purporting, quite mischievously, an assault by operatives of the Commission.

“Checks by the Commission, however, flagged Helen Aduru, an upcoming actress, as a mere publicity-seeking player, with a poorly- scripted claim that has fallen flat in the face of unassailable facts available to the Commission.

“In her script, she was quick to include five names of officers she claimed came from the Cybercrime Section of the Enugu Command of the Commission.

“Characteristically, EFCC’s officers don’t wear name tags nor move around with bulldozer-shaped equipment to pull down security doors.

“Aduru claimed, rather strangely, that she was assisted by a little boy, to a Police Station at 3:44 am but met the station shut. It is important to note that Police Stations are not civil service ministries that ‘close”
C in the evening. Even more preposterous is the fact that she never went back, at daybreak, to complain.

“More poignantly untenable is the fact that her purported assault of July 21, 2022, which has not been logged nearly two months later at the Police Station is only being brought to public glare on September 2, 2022!! Such a scene could only stand in a typical Nollywood fiction series.”

The agency also claimed that its investigations on the matter showed, “Certain blackmailers could be bandying some known names in the Enugu Zonal Command to settle some scores.”


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