- Ibrahim Magu says he is innocent of all the allegations against him
- The suspended acting chairman of the EFCC says his traducers were out to tarnish his reputation
- The former EFCC boss also said under his watch, there were no cases of mismanagement of recovered assets or funds
Suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, says he is innocent of all the allegations against him.
According to Magu, suspects and other criminal elements he prosecuted while at the helm of affairs in the EFCC are after him.
He made the claim in a response addressed to the Presidential Committee On Audit Of Recovered Assets (PCARA).
The committee set up by the federal government is investigating the alleged mismanagement and lack of transparency in managing recovered assets by the EFCC between 2015-2020.
Magu stated that while in office, his actions were geared towards fighting corruption to a standstill in Nigeria.
He, however, lamented that his traducers were out to tarnish his reputation by publishing false information about him on social media platforms.
He noted: “In the exercise of my official functions as acting chairman of the commission, I have stepped on toes in ensuring that corruption is fought to a standstill in Nigeria.
“Some of the suspects under investigation and prosecution are always ganging up to fight me back, publishing false, untrue, malicious and libellous allegations against me. I have never abused the office I am occupying at the pleasure of Mr President.
“I have never personally enriched myself whilst performing my official function. I challenge my accusers to produce any evidence of this purported personal enrichment.”
He also said under his watch, there were no cases of mismanagement of recovered assets or funds.
He continued: “No assets were sold and the proceeds thereof converted. There has been no mismanagement of or lack of transparency in the management of recovered assets under my leadership of the commission.
“There has been no diversion of proceeds from recovered assets or personal enrichment on my part. A careful investigation into what has been recovered and what has been paid into the appropriate accounts will easily confirm this.
“Not a dime of the recovered funds were converted to my personal use. I challenge my accusers to produce evidence of such fraudulent conversion.
“All my actions are documented and follow the prescribed procedures with necessary approvals. I am innocent. I have served my country to the best of my abilities with all sense of responsibility and integrity.”
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Meanwhile, the federal government says it has recovered looted funds in excess of N800billion with over 1,400 convictions secured in its famed anti-corruption fight.
This was disclosed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, July 28, at a press conference in Abuja.
“This administration has recorded over 1,400 convictions, including high profile ones, and recovered funds in excess of N800 billion, not to talk of forfeiture of ill-gotten properties. This is no mean feat,” Alhaji Mohammed told reporters at the briefing.
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