- Femi Falana has denied receiving the sum of N28 million from Ibrahim Magu
- Falana said that such a report is false and damaging to his person
- The human rights lawyer called on the news media that published the report to tender an apology and delete the rumour
A famous human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has reacted to claims that he allegedly received the sum of N28 million from embattled former anti-graft warlord, Ibrahim Magu.
In his response, Falana said that such a report is false and that he never at any time received money from the suspended Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss.
The report was contained in a publication from a notable new media outfit in Nigeria, PM News reports.
Falana's lawyer, Olumide-Fusika, described the rumour as "damning against my client because his entire career as a lawyer has been devoted to fighting human rights abuses and corruption in high and low place.”
Fusika called on the newspapers to acknowledge its wrongdoing of spreading fake news and as such expressly apologise for the damage done to his client.
He said: “I do hope that you will, within the next 48 hours, comply with this gentlemanly request by publication on the front page of your newspaper.
"Failing compliance, my instruction is to issue a Writ in the tort of defamation in other to afford you an opportunity to prove what you imputed against his my client’s character.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the ongoing probe of Magu continued as he was questioned over more allegations.
The probe which entered day three on Wednesday, July 8, took an interesting turn after the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel quizzed him over 380 houses and seven vessels loaded with crude oil.
Magu who was also confronted about the disposal of assets worth N37 billion was asked to give an account.
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The embattled boss of the anti-graft agency was being grilled by a presidential panel following over 20 allegations levelled against him by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
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