EFCC reacts to the arrest of its Boss, Journalists deny access to the house

Ibrahim Magu EFCC acting chairman
TJ
Tochi Juliet
  • EFCC released a statement declaring that its Boss was never arrested.

  • Journalists who approached the venue to cover the event were turned back by security personnel.

  • Magu was served the invitation to the Panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

DSS and EFCC have released statements declaring that the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu was never arrested.

In a statement, DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, said yesterday:

“The Department of State Services, DSS, wishes to inform the public that it did not arrest Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as has been reported by sections of the media. The service has since today, July 6, 2020, been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest.”

According to the EFCC, he only honoured an invitation by a Presidential Panel reviewing the activities of the agency.

The EFCC Head of Media, Dele Oyewale, said this in a statement on Monday.

He said the review was held at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Oyewale explained that Magu “was served the invitation to the Panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja, for a meeting.

The EFCC boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation. A member of a legal team from the EFCC is also with him on the Panel.”

However, trusted sources have told Vanguard news that the EFCC boss was stopped in traffic while moving out of the Wuse II Annex of the EFCC in Abuja by DSS operatives who extended an invitation to him.

He was, however, brought to the Conference Centre of the Presidential Villa (Old Banquet Hall) where he was grilled for hours by a Presidential panel set up to investigate alleged infractions against him.

Journalists who approached the venue to cover the event at about 3.20 pm, were turned back by security personnel.

Even when the journalists covering State House decided to go to the press centre at the Old Banquet Hall, they were politely told to excuse the place for a while.

The question in the lips of many Nigerians is why do an official invitation has to be handed over on the road?

Nigerians have their fingers crossed to watch the twist of the story play out.

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