- Abubakar Malami has again cleared the air on the ongoing probe of ex-EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu
- Magu is being probed over alleged corruption levelled against him
- The AGF, however, described Magu's probe as President Buhari's achievement
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), has said that the probe of the embattled former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, is a plus for the administration of the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Legit.ng reports that Malami said this on NTA’s ‘One-on-One’ programme in the evening of Friday, July 24, while reacting to questions from the host, Cyril Stober.
The AGF stated that the probe of the suspended EFCC chairman was evidence that no one was above the law.
Responding to a question on whether the probe was to settle personal scores, the minister of justice said he wasn’t the one probing the EFCC rather it was the presidency that set up a panel to investigate the commission.
On whether the probe of the EFCC wasn’t a blow to the anti-corruption war, Malami said: “I wouldn’t like to be pre-emptive of the panel put in place by the president relating to an agency but within the context of the first leg of the question as to whether setting up a panel to look into the activities of an anti-corruption agency is a blow or a plus, I think to my mind, it is indeed a plus.
“It goes on to establish the tradition which this government is known for; a tradition of no fear or favour as far as investigating corruption cases or allegations are concerned. So, to my mind, it is indeed a plus that reinforces and re-establishes a tradition by which the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is known, re-established to the effect that no allegation of corruption can be swept under the carpet. So, it is indeed a plus and not a blow.”
The presidency had suspended Magu and about 11 other top officials of the EFCC including the secretary to the commission, Ola Olukoyede, over alleged corruption.
The EFCC under Magu was alleged to have been unable to account for the interest accrued to recovered loot of N550bn.
The suspended EFCC boss is also accused of buying a property in Dubai worth N570m.
Magu, who was detained for about 10 days by the police before his release, has, however, denied all the allegations levelled against him.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the embattled ex-EFCC boss accused Malami of frustrating efforts made by the anti-graft commission to transparently dispose of vessels forfeited to the Nigerian government.
It was reported that Magu, who was responding to an enquiry by the presidential probe panel investigating allegations of corruptions leveled against him by Malami, accused the AGF of working at cross-purposes with the commission in the disposal of vessels involved in illegal activities to the extent of costing the country at least N283 million in recovered assets.
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