- The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has refuted claims that it's director called for the arraignment of Ibrahim Magu
- Nnenna Ibeh, the senior communications officer in a statement said the report is not true
- Ibeh further said that its director never made any of the claims credited to her
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has dismissed reports that its director Idayat Hassan called for the arraignment of the recently suspended acting chairman of the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng, the CDD said Hassan never made such claims as reported in some quarters.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Nnenna Ibeh, the senior communications officer, who explained that Hassan never spoke to any media concerning Magu’s arrest or probe by the presidential panel.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our Director never made any of those claims ascribed to her in the report. It was a rude shock for us to read about this alleged statement when the Director never granted any such interview," the statement reads in parts.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Magu was reportedly suspended by President Buhari on Tuesday, July 7, to allow him to face a probe into the allegations of misconduct against him.
Magu's reported suspension comes a day after he was summoned by a presidential panel for questioning over alleged infractions against him.
The acting EFCC boss was reported to have been questioned for several hours by members of the panel in the presence of an EFCC counsel member, Rotimi Oyedepo.
In a related development, following the reported suspension of Magu, a new official has reportedly been selected to head the affairs of the anti-corruption agency.
A senior EFCC source, who does not want to be named, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, July 7, that Mohammed Umar, the director of operations at the commission has been picked to oversee the affairs of the agency in place of Magu.
According to the official, Umar was selected by EFCC’s hierarchy after the commission learnt that Magu has been suspended.
In other news, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded that Magu must face prosecution after his suspension as the acting chairman of the EFCC.
The opposition party made the call in a series of tweets via it's official Twitter account on Wednesday, July 8.
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