Alleged corruption: Why I set up judicial panel to probe Magu, Buhari finally reveals

Alleged corruption: Why I set up judicial panel to probe Magu, Buhari finally reveals

- President Buhari has revealed why he set up a panel to probe Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of EFCC

- Magu was suspended over an allegation of corruption leveled against him

- The president, however, said he would make Nigeria a country that has no tolerance for corruption

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President Muhammadu Buhari has given the reason for setting up the judicial commission of enquiry to investigate the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

PM News reports that Buhari spoke on Friday, November 20, when he received the report of the judicial commission of enquiry on Magu, headed by Justice Ayo Salami at State House, Abuja.

Legit.ng gathered that the president said he set up the panel in response to the serious allegations against the EFCC and its head, Magu.

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He said that he appointed Justice Salami, a retired president of the Court of Appeal, via an instrument dated July 3, 2020, pursuant to the Tribunals of Inquiry Act (Cap T21, LFN, 2004), to head the panel.

Alleged corruption: Why I set up judicial panel to probe Magu, Buhari finally reveals

Justice Ayo Salami presents the report of the probe panel on Magu to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. Credit: @NGRPresident
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He also said his desire is to make Nigeria a country that has no tolerance for corruption but one where the menace is vigorously battled.

Buhari said:

”Corruption is present in all countries. Some governments treat it with levity. Some fight it all the time. I want Nigeria to be counted among those countries that do not tolerate but fight corruption.”

The president called on all stakeholders and indeed every Nigerian to own the fight against corruption at their respective levels.

Buhari thanked members of the commission for their dedication and commitment to the fight against corruption.

The president further said:

”The sad reality confronting us as a people is that there is corruption almost everywhere; at many levels of government, and nearly every stratum of our society. Mindful of the threat that corruption poses to us as a nation, this administration has specifically focused on the fight against corruption.
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”As a government, and in furtherance of our anti-corruption programme, we have since inception engaged in many reforms in removing corruption including but not limited to the enforcement of Treasury Single Account (TSA), strict implementation of the bank verification number policy and signing unto the open government partnership. A lot of efforts have gone into building and development of our anti-corruption institutions."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel submitted its report to President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was reported that the panel led by Justice Salami handed the boxes of documents believed to be volumes of the report to President Buhari at the Executive Council Chambers of the State House.

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