- The embattled EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu has denied all the allegations filed against him
- Speaking after his release from detention, Magu called on Nigerians not to give up on the fight against corruption
- The suspended EFCC boss said what he passed through at the detention was one of the risks of the job
The suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has spoken after his release from detention.
According to an exclusive report by The Nation, Magu asked Nigerians not to give up on the fight against corruption.
He said whether he is the chairman of EFCC or not, “Nigerians must own the war against corruption, which President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to eradicate.”
The embattled EFCC boss said what he went through was “one of those risks of the job", adding that all the allegations flying around were to tarnish his image and that of EFCC.
He noted: “As for me, I will forever wage war against corruption. I urge Nigerians to continue to support the fight against corruption.
“They should not give up on the fight because corruption kills a nation faster than any other thing.
“It is not a personal fight. Whether I am EFCC Chairman or not, the anti-corruption war must continue.
“What I have gone through is a case of dog eats dog, but I see it as one of those risks of the job. But we must not give up in any way."
Speaking on the allegations filed against him, Magu said: “They are nonsense. They are mere trumped up allegations to tarnish my image and that of the EFCC. I did not steal or divert or convert funds for private use. I read the allegations and I was shocked.
“I thank Nigerians for their support, they should not be discouraged. I am happy to be back, I believe the war against corruption is winnable.”
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Victor Ubani, a former vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has faulted President Buhari for keeping Magu for five years without being confirmed by the Senate.
Ubani said the president should have sought confirmation from the Senate or replaced Magu. He said an acting chairman should not have been in running for the permanent position.
“If you look at the act that created the office of the chairmanship of the EFCC, there is no room for acting capacity. Even though people will want to have recourse to the interpretation that if you have the power to appoint, you also have the power to put someone in an acting capacity.
“But what happened in Magu’s case is that you sent him for confirmation and the Senate rejected him, and you now kept him in an acting capacity for five years. Even if someone has to serve in an acting capacity, it shouldn’t be up to a year because there must be confirmation as required by law," Ubani said.
Buhari suspends Magu as EFCC boss, Nigerians react | Legit TV