- A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has reacted to the ongoing probe of acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu
- Magu was invited by the FG panel on Monday, July 6, over alleged corruption levelled against him
- Falana described Magu's probe as a moral disaster on Buhari's anti-corruption crusade
Amid the raging arguments over the suspension of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, a Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, has mocked President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption fight.
Channels TV reports that Falana said Magu's probe has put a big question mark on the anti-graft agency.
Legit.ng gathered that he disclosed this on Wednesday, July 8, during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
He said: “Even though Mr. Ibrahim Magu is presumed innocent of all the allegations levelled against him, it is an anti-climax for an anti-corruption zar to be linked to a miasmal of corrupt practices.
“No doubt the fate that has befallen Magu so far, for me it is indeed a moral disaster on the anti-corruption crusade. Therefore, the ongoing investigation should be a wake-up call on the federal government to embark on a comprehensive cleaning exercise. Otherwise, the investigation will be a selective exercise in futility.
“The federal government owes the public duty, particularly that institution if it is confirmed that Mr. Magu has been asked to step aside. There has to be a follow-up of the law establishing the agency, the top-most officer in the agency should be asked to act for him."
Speaking further, the legal practitioner said the federal government should not make the mistake of appointing who he described as an outsider to head the EFCC in acting capacity should Magu be suspended or found guilty of the allegations.
According to him, this is to ensure that the name of such nomination would easily be sent to the National Assembly for confirmation.
Falana, however, called on the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel to carry out a thorough investigation into the allegations of corrupt practices levelled against the EFCC boss.
Magu has been in the eye of the storm following the invitation extended to him by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday, July 6.
Although the spokesman of the EFCC boss, Tony Amokeodo, said that his principal was quizzed to appear before a panel of the federal government set up to investigate the allegations of corruption levelled against him, the secret service insisted that it did not arrest Magu.
DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said the service has no connection with Magu’s reported arrest.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the presidency opened up on the ordeals being faced by Ibrahim Magu.
It was reported that a source in the presidency who spoke with State House correspondents in Abuja on the issue pointed out that the series of interrogations faced by Magu was aimed at clearing him from the many allegations leveled against him.
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