- Abubakar Malami has been challenged to produce evidence of the allegations against Ibrahim Magu
- This was disclosed in a 26-page statement of defence by the embattled suspended acting chairman of the EFCC
- According to Magu, the petition is targeted at tarnishing his reputation
Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has challenged the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami to produce evidence of the allegations against him.
The embattled EFCC boss while appearing the Presidential Investigation Panel in Abuja refuted corruption allegations leveled against him by Malami who is also the minister of justice.
Magu in a 26-page statement of defence insisted that the petition against him is false and untrue, adding that it is targeted at destroying his hard-earned reputation as an incorruptible officer, Daily Trust reports.
According to Magu, the anti-graft agency's structure on the recovery of assets would not allow any form of mismanagement.
He went on to note that recovered funds were transferred via bank drafts to recovery accounts domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under his watch.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported Oluwatosin Ojaomo, one of the legal representatives of Magu has faulted the way trial of the suspended EFCC boss is being handled, wondering why it would be conducted behind the cameras.
Ojaomo expressed his objection on Tuesday, July 28, as the seven-man presidential panel constituted to probe Magu proceed with its investigation.
On Wednesday, July 22, the suspended EFCC boss opened defence against the Malami allegations as he teamed up with his lawyers to fight what he termed as injustice against him.
Ojaomo said the panel’s proceedings should be open to media coverage in order to maintain fairness.
In a related development, Magu has denied media reports that the commission under him misappropriated the sum of N329 billion recovered for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The suspended acting chairman of the EFCC consequently labeled the reports as misleading and fallacious.
He disclosed this in a statement by his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, Magu said over N329 billion recovered by EFCC under him was remitted directly into the NNPC dedicated accounts via Remitta under special arraignment endorsed by the Corporation, the anti-graft agency and the affected indebted marketers.
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