Main opposition People’s Democratic Party has told Ibrahim Magu, the embattled Acting Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to step aside in order to make possible a credible probe into allegations of corruption levelled against him.
There were reports that Magu had been arrested Monday by the Department of Security Services, but it was later confirmed that was invited to appear before an investigative panel on allegations of corruption bordering on owning four properties and using an agent to transfer money out of the country.
PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, in Abuja, on Monday, said that Magu’s invitation by a panel on allegations as serious as those in the public domain, should be of interest to all.
PDP’s statement was titled: “Magu’s Invitation, Investigation Confirms Malfeasance in EFCC- PDP…He Should Step Aside To Forestall Destruction of Evidence”.
The statement said the “The People’s Democratic Party has asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to show the genuineness of its war against corruption by allowing the unhindered investigation of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“The party said Nigerians are already aware that Magu has been pulled in for questioning, adding that the fact that he has to be accompanied by an attorney shows that the said ‘invitation’, is beyond the routine.”
PDP said it believed that the development around the EFCC acting Chairman, as well as “the desperate attempt” by the Commission to cover his investigation, had only raised more integrity questions regarding Magu’s activities in the EFCC.
According to the party, “Only last month, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, released a memo in which he indicted Magu of alleged diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sale of assets seized by the EFCC.
“Our party, Nigerians and indeed, the international community are keenly monitoring the development and expect the Buhari Presidency to muster the courage to carry out a comprehensive investigation and make its findings available to the public.
“Now that Magu has been pulled in for investigation, the Federal Government should preserve the integrity of the office of the Chairman of the EFCC by ordering him to step aside while investigators take charge of every activity of the office to forestall the destruction of evidence as well as unnecessary interferences in the matter,” the party said.
According to the opposition party, with the allegations and investigation, Magu has lost the moral rectitude to continue to preside over the anti-corruption agency. He should step aside until he proves himself innocent, it said.