Nuhu Ribadu, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has denied claims that he accused President Muhammadu Buhari and other top politicians of sponsoring banditry in the country.
The ex-presidential aspirant described the news as “fake”, saying they were fabricated by people who want to bring him down.
Ribadu said it is not the first time he would be linked to such “false reports”.
This comes days after Buhari, in his nationwide address to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary on October 1, said a member of the national assembly is among the high-profile individuals sponsoring secessionist groups in the country.
The President, however, did not reveal the identity of the lawmaker, and neither did he say if the individual is a member of the House of Representatives or senate.
“The recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, and the ongoing investigations being conducted have revealed certain high-profile financiers behind these individuals,” Buhari had said.
“We are vigorously pursuing these financiers, including one identified as a serving member of the National Assembly.”