- The Nigerian presidency has made its first official statement about the suspension of Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman of the EFCC
- Garba Shehu, a media aide to the Nigerian president, said the allegations against Magu prompted the investigation by a probe panel
- Shehu said the EFCC has many capable hands that can carry out the duties of the commission effectively
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The Nigerian presidency has made its first official statement about the suspension of Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Garba Shehu, a media aide to the Nigerian president in a statement on Saturday, July 11, said the allegations against Magu and other several other members of his staff prompted the investigation by the presidential panel into the affairs of the commission.
He said the former acting chairman was suspended to allow a transparent and unhindered investigation into the allegations made against him according to proper procedure.
The aide noted that the EFCC does not revolve around anybody, pointing out that the agency has many capable hands that can carry out the duties of the commission effectively.
He said the probe of Magu is to ensure accountability and transparency in accordance to the rule of law.
Shehu said the former acting EFCC chairman has been given the opportunity to defend himself and answer the allegations against him.
The presidential aide also stated that Magu’s investigation is an indication that the fight against corruption is real and active.
He said Magu is not immune to investigation regardless of the obvious embarrassment the current probe may appear to have caused.
Meanwhile, a former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has said the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, should be detained for 28 days.
In a thread of tweets posted via his verified Twitter handle on Saturday, July 11, Fayose advised the presidential panel probing Magu to formalise his detention "by obtaining days Remand Order from court to enable completion of investigations"
Fayose also asked the panel to get temporary and permanent forfeiture of alleged loots linked to him.
He stated that the EFCC lawyer who is reportedly defending Magu, Wahab Shittu, understands the style and should not be complaining.
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