Brass Group of Companies yesterday debunked reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sealed off its business premises.
The company, in a statement by Ifeanyi Ike, a media aide to its Executive Director, described the report as unfortunate and unwarranted.
The report, which was published in some dailies, claimed that EFCC sealed properties belonging to the company over alleged N400 million arms deal.
The statement said: “Going by the definitions of sealed off, the company is made to feel that the publications were sponsored, ostensibly by people who are in the opposition, to tarnish the hard-earned reputation of Governor Umahi and pull down his administration.
“It is ironical that those who claimed to have visited Osborn La-Palm and Brass filling stations said activities were going on as usual; the same time, deceived the public by captioning their stories with false and alarming headlines.”
It noted that the headlines gave the impression that Umahi’s businesses were sealed off by the anti-graft agency.
The statement added: “While we are not disputing the fact that the EFCC pasted a sign ‘under investigation’ on the buildings, we wonder why something that happened a month ago is being reported now, if not to prove to the sponsors of the publication that they had delivered.
“Nothing is different from what the public is already abreast of. We, therefore, frown at the attempt to smear the image of Governor Umahi.”