The Movement for Popular Democracy (MPD) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to re-nominate the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, for confirmation as chairman by the Senate.
MPD’s Executive Director Theo Nwaigbo described as ‘bogus lies’, information making the rounds on social media accusing Magu of impropriety.
Nwaigbo stated this in Lagos yesterday while reacting to the refusal of the Senate to screen Magu for confirmation because of an alleged security report against him from the Directorate of State Services (DSS).
“It is a shame that desperate corrupt politicians could resort to peddling wicked lies against such a decent officer.
“I have known Magu for over 20 years. He has handled petitions from our chambers, right from when he was in Special Fraud Unit (SFU). He never asked nor received money, even as a thank you gesture, after completing his assignment.
“He does not smoke cigarattes, not to mention Indian hemp or cocaine. Those are lies from the pit of hell. It is really a shame,” Nwaigbo said.
According to him, Magu’s only ‘sin’ is his uncompromising stance on corruption.
“I know this fellow, if he were not a policeman, he would have been a priest. He is decent and disciplined.
“The problem they have with him is that he cannot compromise on crime.
“That is the heart of the matter. And you know we have a lot of crooks in high places in this country”, he said.
Nwaigbo urged President Buhari not to succumb to the ‘cheap blackmail’.
“Mr. President should repackage Magu and send him back to the Senate for confirmation. He should not allow this pure vendetta to derail the anti-corruption war,” Nwaigbo added.
According to him, the EFCC detention facilities are second to none in the country and of international standard.
“I was privileged to accompany the Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof Bem Angwe, to EFCC’s cells and we were amazed at the quality of the facilities.