- Ibrahim Magu has expressed "shock" over Abdulrasheed Bawa's appointment
- The suspended ex-EFCC boss said corruption allegation against him has not been proven
- Magu, who spoke through his lawyer, maintained that he was expecting his case to be sorted out before the presidency moves on
Ibrahim Magu has reacted to the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as his successor by President Muhammadu Buhari, with the embattled former anti-graft czar describing the development as shocking.
Bawa, a 40-year-old trained EFCC prosecutor, was on Tuesday, February 16, appointed the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a letter addressed to the Nigerian Senate.
Reacting through his lawyer Tosin Ojaomo, Magu said the "appointment came to me as a shock" as justice has not been served in respect to the allegations of power abuse levelled against him.
Ojaomo, who spoke on Channels TV, said Magu was suspended for an allegation which has not been proven against him, adding that the presidency must come out clean on whether the embattled ex-EFCC boss "has been found wanting or not", The Cable reports.
"Sincerely, this appointment came to me as a shock. This is because what I was expecting is that there is still an unfinished assignment which was pending. I was expecting that the issue of Magu would have been sorted out before moving to another step.
"But unfortunately, we just got this news today that a new chairman has been nominated by the president and his name has been forwarded to the senate.
“When we talk of justice, you know what justice is all about. As the acting chairman of the commission, he was suspended for an allegation which has not been proven against him."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that with corruption allegation ushering in a new leadership of the EFCC, the anti-graft body defended its newly appointed chairman Bawa.
In a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the commission absolved Bawa of any wrongdoing, adding that the new anti-graft czar has no corruption record.
Uwujaren described as "illogical" the reports that Bawa was caught in the hook corruption and was made to face a disciplinary panel.
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