In a statement signed by Akpofure Ibru, the family said: ‘’EFCC’s sensational October 12 appeal to members of the public to furnish them with information on Mr. Ibru’s whereabout creates the unfortunate impression that Mr. Ibru is on the run.
‘’The facts of the matter are at variance with the impression created by the EFCC Public Notice. The truth of the matter is that the EFCC as recently as July 19, 2016, invited Mr. Ibru for an interview on July 25.
‘’Mr. Ibru replied through the law firm of Babalakin & Co that he would not be able to honour the invitation until his planned return in the first week of November 2016 as he was in the United Kingdom undergoing medical treatment.
‘’The law firm in the said response stressed that as their client ‘is a law abiding citizen who has no interest in foiling the administration of justice.”, we assure you that he will appear before your commission as soon as he has recovered from his illness and returned to Nigeria.
‘’As there was no further word from the EFCC, the understanding was that the promise to keep the November date was a reasonable and acceptable gentleman’s agreement.
It is, therefore, scandalous to read the EFCC Notice of October 12, purporting that Mr. Ibru was on the run.’’
The family decried that itv regraded as creeping bias into an investigation that in the main centres on family misunderstanding and boardroom politics and urged the EFCC to exercise professional restraint in its service delivery.