- Ibrahim Magu is not leaving any stone unturned as he begins defence against graft allegation
- The suspended anti-corruption sheriff has challenged his accuser to provide evidence of corruption against him
- Magu said during the course of his fight against corruption, he has stepped on toes of powerful people in the country
Ibrahim Magu, suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has challenged the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, to prove evidence of the allegations levelled against him.
Responding to a query by the retired justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel probe, Magu said the accusations against him were bare-faced lies that cannot be proved.
Magu is being grilled over allegations bordering on insubordination and corruption following a recent memo by Malami indicting the suspended EFCC boss.
Among top charges, Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) is probing Magu for illegally buying properties in Dubai and diverting recovered funds into his pocket.
He was in detention for ten days before being released after his suspension was perfected and a next in rank officer was given the waiver to take control of the anti-graft agency.
While responding to the query, Magu who “vehemently and unequivocally” rejected the allegation against him described how he is being treated like a common criminal as unfortunate.
“This false allegation is most unfortunate, spiteful, malicious and intended to cruelly destroy my hard-earned reputation.
“Contrary to the allegations contained in paragraph (A-5X) of the petition, I know as a fact and verily believe that not a dime of the recovered funds was fraudulently converted to my personal… I challenge my accuser to produce evidence of such fraudulent conversion,” Magu said.
The embattled anti-corruption czar also stated that in the course of his anti-corruption campaign, he has stepped on toes and many of the those he fought are building armies against him.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Malam Buba Galadima has waded into the corruption allegation and trial of Magu, with the estranged ally of President Muhammadu Buhari describing the trial of the suspended EFCC boss as mere propaganda.
The Yobe-born politician said Magu's suspension "was long overdue." According to him, the embattled anti-corruption sheriff's crime was previously overlooked because he was kowtowing to the cabals in Buhari's cabinet.
Galadima, who said Magu's removal was because he stepped on toes, further claimed that the anti-graft czar is being made a "scapegoat to create the impression that Buhari is fighting corruption."