THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have denied invading the home of Nollywood actress, Helena Duru and brutalizing her.
Helena Duru, on Saturday, accused some agents of the EFCC 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 person by the anti-graft agents. But the EFCC says her accusation is false and misleading, describing her as a ‘mere publicity-seeking player’.
The statement released on Saturday evening reads;
False and Misleading Video in Circulation on EFCC Operations
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” 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.
Such claims by Aduru, like all other stranger-than-fiction, click-baiting, sympathy-seeking ploys, do not merit a response but for the need to avoid the “silence is acquiescence” stance of mischief makers. Deeper checks on the matter only showed that certain blackmailers could be bandying some known names in the Enugu Zonal Command to settle some scores.
The Commission, strictly guided by its Standard Operational Procedure, would not succumb to blackmail or any sleight of hand by any character. The poorly- scripted video would be further analysed for more forensic details and possible legal action to dissuade those who seem to be making industry of falsely accusing and maligning the Commission. Members of the public are enjoined to ignore Aduru’s claims. EFCC’s officers are not assaulters or terrorists.
Reacting to the statement above, the actress in another social media post said ”Very shameful of you to deny this.”
She went further to publish an official petition received and stamped by the EFCC.
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”This is your official stamp from the head quarters Abuja . Go to B division Asaba and ask for my report on the same day.
”So shameful that you couldn’t even make proper investigation before denying this . Go to @officialefcc Abuja head quarters they have my statement or are they going to deny me coming there too? You call this a script. You must think I just came to social media to rant.
”This is my petition that was stamped by the head quarters Abuja . 2 and 3 pictures are The post of my neighbors You arrested and posted on your page . Don’t border deleting it because it has been screenshot a long time ago. The last picture Is the chat between I and The DPO asaba B division who also tried reaching out but wasn’t given proper attention . You think your men come to operate without taking to themselves or calling their names?
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”@officialefcc @officialefcc @officialefcc
Your men did this to me and you can’t deny it. I still have evidence Incase you want more. The letterhead they came with is still resting in B division asaba.” She added.