A former Governor of Kano State, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, said in a statement on Friday that he was neither under house arrest nor invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He also said that he has instructed his supporters to withdraw any case instituted against the EFCC on any issue.
In a statement issued in Abuja by his Principal Private Secretary, Muhhamad Inuwa Ali, against the backdrop of rumours that he had gone into hiding following the commencement of a probe into the management of N2billion pension cash while in office.
Kwankwaso said that the suit was instituted on his behalf by some of his supporters but they got it wrong. He said that they had sought his permission to initiate a suit against some persons who wrote a libelous petition against him to the EFCC, but instead of restricting case to those petitioners, his supporters extended it to the EFCC.
The statement said: “To set the record straight, Sen. Kwankwaso was not invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) nor was he ever placed under house arrest or prevented from discharging his legislative or personal duties by any agency.
“As a Distinguished Legislator he is ever willing and ready to support and strengthen our anti-graft agencies in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.”
He said some of his supporters actually initiated a libel suit against some people who wrote a petition against him to the EFCC.
The statement added: “The attention of His Excellency, Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District, was drawn by some of his political supporters in Kano regarding a libelous and unfounded petition against his person before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by his political opponents sometimes in May 2015.
“The supporters sought for the Distinguished Senator’s permission to institute legal action against the said petitioners to which he consented.
“However, to the Distinguished Senator’s surprise the supporters and their lawyers instituted an action against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) instead of restricting the case to the petitioners (our political opponents).
“Conversely, Sen. Kwankwaso has instructed his supporters and their lawyers to discontinue the matter against Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with immediate effect, while the unfounded libelous case against his person will continue.”