Fraud Allegations: PDP Demands Magu’s Immediate Arraignment In Court…Rejects Pat on Wrist Approach

July 16, 2020
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Suspended Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

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July 16, 2020

Press Statement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the delay by the Federal

Government to arraign the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, over allegations of

fraud is raising public apprehensions over the integrity of the fight

against corruption in Nigeria.

The party said the delay is heightening suspicion in the public space

over alleged attempt to give Magu a soft landing in order to cover up

for certain top officials of the Buhari administration as well as some

leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged to have been

indicted by the suspended EFCC chairman, in the course of his

investigation by the Presidential Panel.

The PDP’s position is predicated on conflicting reports on the status of

the processes related to Magu’s on-going investigations and the

direction of the Federal Government on the matter.

Our party holds that where there are no undesirable underhand dealings,

any government that is committed to the fight against corruption, in

such a manner that the Buhari Presidency wants the world to believe it

does, should have since perfected its processes and arraign the

suspended EFCC acting Chairman in court, particularly with the weight of

allegations and revelations unearthed at the Presidential panel.

The fact is that the allegations of fraud including alleged stealing of

billions of naira recovered by the EFCC among other accusations, which

also include alleged transfer of stolen money to certain government

officials, are already in the public domain.

The expectation of Nigerians therefore is for the Federal Government to

immediately arraign Magu before a court of competent jurisdiction and

prosecute him in line with the dictates of our laws.

Nigerians are apprehensive that the EFCC investigation might go the way

of the huge cover up in the handling of cases of unbridled treasury

looting in the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Federal

Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), the National Health Insurance Scheme

(NHIS) among others where indicted officials were given a pat on the

wrist without prosecution.

Our party charges the Buhari Presidency to note that the world is

watching the handling of the EFCC fraud case with keen interest. The

Federal Government should therefore take immediate steps to arraign Magu

and all those indicted in the matter before a court of competent

jurisdiction without any further delay.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

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