EFCC: I’ll now fight back publicly – Ibrahim Magu

EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu speaks about his arrest
TJ
Tochi Juliet

The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has declared that he is fully ready to fight back at orchestrated attacks against him.

Magu said he would henceforth reply to all the allegations against him in public.

This was contained in a statement made available to reporters through Wahab Shittu, Magu’s lawyer on Sunday.

According to reports, the Department of the State Security (DSS) has reportedly shifted probe to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

The secret police department is seeking access into the asset declaration form filled by the embattled chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In the lengthy letter, the ex-EFCC boss also denied looting funds recovered from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

Magu noted that these allegations against him in the public domain were never brought before the Presidential Panel probing the activities of the EFCC under him.

He equally said that the over N329 million recovered under his watch by the agency was remitted directly into NNPC dedicated accounts via remita under a special arrangement endorsed by the NNPC, EFCC, and the affected NNPC marketers.

He said this can be independently verified both at the NNPC and the EFCC records and that the issue of NNPC recovered funds never featured in the proceedings of the presidential panel.

A document released by Magu's lawyer debunking the allegations against him

The suspended acting Chairman also dispelled allegations such as assets declaration and failure by him to properly explain the rationale for the exclusion of culprits in the alleged misapplication of three billion naira in the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

Summing up all the allegations Magu said they were fraudulent and deliberate attempts to malign him.

Magu was invited for questioning on July 6.

He later spent ten days in detention, over allegations bordering on insubordination and corruption following a recent memo by Abubakar Malami, the minister for justice and attorney-general of the federation.

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