- Mike Ozekhome, a senior lawyer, said he warned about Ibrahim Magu's alleged looting of the treasury in 2017
- Ozekhome said he wrote Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo when Magu was looting public funds with his cronies
- The senior advocate of Nigeria's allegations against the EFCC boss was conveyed in a letter hours after Magu's suspension
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Hours after Ibrahim Magu was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Mike Ozekhome, a senior lawyer, said he had warned in 2017 about the embattled acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
This publication recalls that the EFCC boss was earlier indicted by the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, who also recommended his sack in a recent memo.
On Tuesday, July 7, Justice Salami-led panel, which has been sitting over Magu's case for over three weeks, arrived at the venue of the interrogation in Abuja and it was there the fate of the EFCC boss was determined.
Magu was reportedly suspended on Tuesday evening to allow him to face a probe of allegations of misconduct against him.
The embattled EFCC boss' trouble did not end there. Immediately after his suspension, a combined team of riot policemen and operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) went and searched his residences in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Speaking on the controversy in which the anti-corruption sheriff is embroiled in, Ozekhome said he exposed how Magu was looting the country's treasury three yeas ago.
The senior lawyer said he wrote the vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo, about Magu's alleged insincerity in the fight against corruption.
“I challenged him and his impunity severally in courts across Nigeria. I won virtually all the cases. I called for a change of the way and manner the ‘anti-corruption war’ was being selectively and opaquely fought,” Ezekhome said.
“They looted our treasury in collaboration with their cronies, friends and acolytes. Magu was the new sheriff in town. I got no reply to my letter to Osinbajo. I wrote a reminder. No dice.
"I later challenged Magu publicly, face-to-face, on at least three occasions, one of which was at a ceremony at the federal high court in Abuja."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng has reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Magu to step aside as the sheriff of EFCC after his Department of State Services invitation.
Speaking on the development, PDP said Magu must be ready to play the integrity card by submitting himself for investigation.
The main opposition party also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate acute genuineness in the fight against corruption and various forms of corrupt practices in government.
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