- The suspended EFCC chief, Ibrahim Magu, has replied the allegations being leveled against him
- Magu in response to the allegation submitted a 78-page defence to the panel set up to probe the activities of the EFCC under him
- The former EFCC chairman described the allegations as false, aimed at tarnishing his image as an incorruptible officer
As probe against Ibrahim Magu continues amidst public interest, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) submitted a 78-page defence to the presidential investigative panel.
Magu stated that he is innocent of all allegations leveled against him and described them as false, aimed at tarnishing his image as an incorruptible officer, The Nation reports.
According to the former EFCC chairman, he never disrespected the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Magu maintained that since he resumed as the head of the anti-graft agency back in 2015, he never sold seized assets and that proceeds from the sales were never fraudulently converted because properties recovered were not sold.
The embattled EFCC boss while denying operating slush accounts through proxies, added that he was always transparent in the exercise of official duties.
He explained that all the steps taken in respect of recovered and forfeited assets were in accordance with powers conferred on him by the Act of the National Assembly.
He said: “Sir, I deny each and every allegations contained in paragraph B(10) of the petition as they are totally false, untrue and merely targeted at destroying my hard-earned reputation as an incorruptible officer."
Magu's response is coming after he vowed to respond to every allegation against him ”point to point”.
The embattled EFCC boss in a statement issued by Wahab Shittu, his lawyer, denied misappropriating funds recovered for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Magu said the allegations against him border on matters that were never brought before the panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari. He also said the allegations were prejudicial to the proceedings of the panel.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Department of State Security (DSS) has reportedly shifted probe to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
According to emerging reports, the secret police is seeking access into the asset declaration form filled by the embattled chairman of the EFCC.
On Wednesday, July 22, the suspended EFCC boss opened defence against the Malami allegations as he fights back through his lawyer Wahab Shittu.
DSS has now sought for joint investigation on Magu by requesting the asset declaration form of the embattled anti-corruption agency's boss.
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