- PACAC has distanced itself from a statement on the acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu
- Magu is undergoing interrogation over alleged corruption
- Sagay, the chairman of PACAC, said the statement made by Prof Odekunle was his personal opinion
Itse Sagay, the chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), has denied the statement credited to it over the ongoing investigation of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
The Nation reports that Sagay said on Tuesday, July 7, that the agency has not issued an official statement on Magu's ongoing probe.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the statement issued on Monday, July 6, by a member of PACAC, Prof Femi Odekunle, was his personal opinion and does not represent the committee's position.
Odekunle had in his statement accused the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, of lacking commitment to the anti-graft war and being the arrowhead of power blocs that want Magu out.
Odekunle said Malami’s earlier memo calling for Magu’s removal and the EFCC’s boss invitation to appear before a probe panel over allegations of abuse of office “seem an outcome of power-play by power blocs in the corridors of power in which Malami appears to be an arrow-head or major agent.”
But Sagay, in a statement by PACAC communications officer, Aghogho Agbahor, said Odekunle spoke for himself.
The statement read: “The attention of the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has been drawn to a statement circulating in the media space credited to one of its members Prof Femi Odekunle.
“The press release is the personal opinion of the member under whose name it was released and not that of the committee.
“If the committee consistent with its mandate has any view on the matter, it will be channeled to the President and not to the media.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a member of the PACAC, Femi Odekunle, reacted to the ordeal of Magu.
It was reported that Magu faced a panel at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, July 6 over allegations of corruption.
Magu's ordeal is coming two weeks after the attorney-general of the federation recommend his removal to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Malami, in a memorandum to the president, anchored his recommendation on several grounds “raging from diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct” by Magu.
In a preliminary reaction to the situation on behalf of PACAC, Professor Odekunle, said the plans to replace Magu are already in motion.
He made the allegation in a statement sent to journalists in reaction to the media reports which went viral concerning the EFCC boss.
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