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Published On: Tue, Jul 7th, 2020

PDP kicks as DSS denies arrest of EFCC boss, Magu

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By Tobias Lengnan Dapam and Lateef Ibrahim

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied reports that its operatives arrested the acting boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.
The agency in a statement issued on Monday by Peter Afunanya, its Public Relations Officer, said “DSS did not arrest Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) as has been reported by sections of the media.”
The statement added that the Service, has since, 6th July, 2020, been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 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 (EFCC).
The PDP stated that 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.
The party said this yesterday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.
The PDP holds that the development around the EFCC acting Chairman as well as the desperate attempt by the Commission to cover or wave off his investigation, only raise more integrity questions regarding Magu’s activities in the EFCC.
According to the main opposition party, “Only last month, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minster 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 activities of the office to forestall destruction of evidence as well as unnecessary interferences in the matter.
“Moreover, 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”, the party said.

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