July 23, 2020

Magu challenged attorney-general to prove evidence of the allegations levelled against him.

Ibrahim Magu, suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has challenged attorney-general of the federation Abubakar Malami to prove evidence of the allegations levelled against him.

Responding to a query by the retired justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel probe, Magu said the accusations against him were bare-faced lies that cannot be proved.

Magu is being grilled over allegations bordering on insubordination and corruption following a recent memo by Malami indicting the suspended EFCC boss.

Among top charges, Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) is probing Magu for illegally buying properties in Dubai and diverting recovered funds into his pocket.

He was in detention for ten days before being released after his suspension was perfected and a next in rank officer was given the waiver to take control of the anti-graft agency.

While responding to the query, Magu who “vehemently and unequivocally” rejected the allegation against him described how he is being treated like a common criminal as unfortunate.

“This false allegation is most unfortunate, spiteful, malicious and intended to cruelly destroy my hard-earned reputation,” the official said.

“Contrary to the allegations contained in paragraph (A-5X) of the petition, I know as a fact and verily believe that not a dime of the recovered funds was fraudulently converted to my personal… I challenge my accuser to produce evidence of such fraudulent conversion,” Magu said.

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