- The suspended acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has reacted to the report which alleged that he gave N4 billion to Osinbajo
- Magu, through his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, described the report as false and untrue
- The embattled EFCC boss also denied any link with a Kaduna-based Bureau De Change Operator as claimed
Barely twenty-four hours after he was released from detention, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has written to the presidential committee investigating the allegation of mismanagement of the agency.
Channels TV reports that in the letter addressed to the chairman of the panel, Ayo Salami, one of Magu’s lawyers Wahab Shittu referred to the claims that Magu paid N4 billion to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and another N28 million to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana.
Legit.ng gathered that he explained that the allegations were completely false and an attempt to tarnish the hard-earned reputation of the vice president, Magu, and Falana.
According to Shittu, the suspended EFCC boss also denied any link with a Kaduna-based Bureau De Change Operator as claimed.
The vice president and Falana have since denied collecting any money from the suspended EFCC boss.
On the search of Magu’s house conducted on Monday, July 6, he insisted that no incriminating evidence was found – not even dollars, expensive jewelleries, and wristwatches were recovered as reported.
The legal practitioner stressed that the search of Magu’s house did not reveal any incriminating evidence or materials.
He added that the cars removed from his residence were official vehicles assigned to the suspended EFCC boss.
Shittu, however, decried that Magu has yet to be given a copy of the allegations against him to enable him formally to respond to them.
He said his client was ready to formally respond to the allegations and furnish documentary evidence in support if served with a copy of the allegations.
The lawyer, therefore, called on the presidential panel to uphold Magu’s fundamental human rights of fair hearing.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Magu spoke after his release from detention.
It was reported that Magu asked Nigerians not to give up on the fight against corruption. The embattled EFCC boss said what he went through was described as “one of those risks of the job" as he added that all the allegations flying around were to tarnish his image and that of EFCC.
In another report, the presidency on Wednesday, July 15, explained why Magu was detained for a prolonged period of time.
Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhamadu Buhari, stated that Magu was detained for that long so as to prevent possible tampering of documents that are needed in the ongoing investigation by the presidential panel.
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