Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Friday explained the reason it handed over a property forfeited by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to Lagos State Government for use as an isolation centre for COVID-19 patients.
The property consisting six flats of three bedrooms and a boys’ quarter was forfeited by Allison-Madueke following order of Lagos State Federal High in 2017.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, EFCC Lagos Zonal Head, Mohammed Rabo, said the gesture was part of the commission’s social responsibility efforts towards the fight against the spread of Coronavirus.
“In addition to our mandate to fight economic and financial crimes, the commission is committed and ready to render essential services that may be required of it in the fight against COVID-19. Therefore, Lagos State should not hesitate to call on the commission anytime the need for such essential service arises,” he said.
Responding, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, thanked the Commission for the gesture, noting that it was a welcome collaboration between the Federal and the state government.
While assuring the commission that the property would be put to good use, the governor thanked EFCC for paying attention to the efforts of the state government at containing COVID-19, adding that “part of the challenges we have been facing is getting isolation centres for COVID-19 patients. We will go round the facility to see what we can do to improve on it.”