- EFCC has warned Nigerians against using the name of its chairman, Ibrahim Magu, for extortion
- The anti-graft agency said that Magu did not appoint anybody to act on his behalf or the commission
- The commission also stressed that Magu is determined to end corruption and corrupt activities in the country
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has again warned unscrupulous persons and impostors dropping his name to extort unsuspecting members of the public, to desist, or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.
Legit.ng reports that the anti-graft agency also reiterated its warning to members of the public, to refrain from dealing with such conmen, who present themselves to wield strong influence and connection with Magu, claiming to be able to secure a soft landing for them in matters being investigated by the commission.
The EFCC said that this warning has become imperative considering the fact that the use of Magu’s name, and indeed, photographs, for extortion is on the increase, as fraudsters now extort huge sums of money from highly placed public officials, over sundry matters before the commission, in the guise that they are highly connected to him, and so can help “kill” investigation of petitions against them.
It also added that Magu has never instructed or appointed anybody – relation or staff of the commission to act as a liaison between him and any person(s) who has a case(s)/petition(s) against them, been investigated by the commission, with the aim of scuttling any investigation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that lawyers under the aegis of Coalition of Public Interest Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) on Tuesday, February 26, asked the EFCC to reopen the case file against Uchechukwu Ogah.
It was reported that Ogah, 50, is the current minister of mines and steel development in the Buhari administration.
The allegations against him were grave and negatively impacts the image projected by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as a government that is fighting corruption.
In another report, the EFCC has secured a total of 2,035 convictions in 10 years, from 2010 to 2019, according to data from Transparency International (Nigeria).
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