Fraud Allegations: PDP Tasks Presidential Panel over Magu’s Boast of Reinstatement

July 17, 2020
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Press Statement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the boast by suspended acting

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim

Magu, that he would be cleared and reinstated despite the allegations

against him, is a huge affront on the integrity of the ongoing inquest

by the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential Investigative Panel on the

activities of the EFCC.

The party said Nigerians were shocked when counsel to suspended EFCC

acting Chairman, Wahab Shittu, boastfully declared that he has Magu’s

instruction to inform the public that “he will be reinstated back to

office”.

Nigerians are unease that such assertive statement by Magu’s lawyer

holds more than meet the eyes and portrays the Presidential Panel as

well as the Buhari Presidency as having compromised the probe.

Our party hopes that this is not a case of corruption fighting back in a

frantic effort to shield accused persons from prosecution.

Already, the statement by Magu’s counsel has heightened public concerns

that the probe have become a sham and that the allegations against Magu

will eventually be swept under the carpet despite demands by Nigerians

to prosecute the suspended EFCC boss in a court of competent

jurisdiction.

The PDP wonders if Magu’s counsel is now informing Nigerians that the

activities of the Presidential Panel, as well as the indicting memo by

the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar

Malami, are all drama to facilitate Magu’s clearance at the Senate.

The party notes that the details of the allegations by the Attorney

General of the Federation against Magu are in the public domain,

including alleged discrepancy in the financial records of the EFCC

funds, alleged stealing of funds recovered by the commission, alleged

sale of property recovered by the EFCC, details of alleged acts of

insubordination, among others.

This is in addition to issues of alleged violation of rules, abuse of

investigation processes, manipulation of court procedures by the EFCC

under Magu, which has allegedly become a partisan vehicle for

persecution, harassment and extortion against innocent Nigerians.

There are also allegations that the EFCC under Magu was more interested

in securing conviction and not justice; for which innocent citizens were

harassed with trumped-up charges, denied bail, allegedly made to make

statement in custody without the services of their lawyers and convicted

on media trial even before being allowed to defend themselves in court.

Moreover, there are also insinuations in the public space that the EFCC

under Magu was harassing certain judges to get conviction in cases, in

addition to the manifest selective persecution in which no member of the

current administration, including those who have been openly indicted

for corruption, have been prosecuted by the EFCC.

The statement by Magu, through his counsel, is therefore a direct slap

on the integrity of our justice system and the fight against corruption

in Nigeria.

What Nigerians and indeed the global community expect is for the Federal

Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, the African Union (AU)

Anti-Corruption Champion, to take immediate steps to arraign the

suspended EFCC Chairman before a court of competent jurisdiction to

defend and clear his name over the very weighty allegations that have

been brought against him.

Anything short of this will only signpost a huge compromise in the

matter.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

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