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Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Economic and Financial Crime Commission,
EFCC, boss, in response to the query sent to him by attorney-general of the
federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, told President Buhari that he never did
anything immoral as an officer in the commission
Ibrahim Magu

Magu also denied that he ever took abode in an apartment
worth over N80million as said by the DSS


Magu never denied flying twice in the airliner of a man
under investigation by the EFCC but claimed he did not know it at the time

Following the rejection of the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu
as a full-time Chairman of the EFCC by the Nigerian Senate for the second time,
on Thursday, March 16, 2017, Premium Times reported about the details of Ag.
EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu’s reply to President Muhammadu Buhari’s query to
him over accusations by DSS.
The report claimed that Magu admitted that official
documents linking to cases under investigation were found in his private residence
when raided (on the order of Mrs. Farida Waziri when she took over the affairs
of the EFCC from Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as the chairman).
However, he claimed his action was not deliberate: “The documents found in my house were
actually found in my office bag where I kept documents relating to
investigations.

“I was in the process
of handing over and it would be wrong to suggest that I wilfully kept the
Commission’s files at home,”
Magu explained.
He said, he was actually persecuted by powerful interests
because of his intimacy with the ex-EFCC boss Nuhu Ribadu.

“It is important sir,
to draw your attention to the fact that some of us that worked closely with
Ribadu were victimised after his exit. And my ordeal was orchestrated as
punishment for being the chief investigative officer for most of the high
profile cases involving politically exposed persons some of whom became very
influential in government at the time.”
Magu also said his job role under immediate past EFCC
chairman Ibrahim Lamorde, was pure professionalism and not close working
relationship with him after Waziri’s exit.

“My job schedule as
Deputy Director, Department of Internal Affairs, under Lamorde, was simply
handling issues of professional responsibility in the Commission. I had no
inputs in core operations duties of the Commission,”
he claimed.
Magu further denied living an extravagant life in an
apartment allegedly worth over N40million and furnished with even more than N40
million.
He said: “The entire
cost for both two-year rent and the furnishing of the house is N39.628million.

“Details of the
transaction are contained in the contract award letter and payment schedule
which are attached to this letter.”
Magu, the Ag. EFCC boss also admitted that he actually fly
twice on the aircraft that belongs Colonel Mohammed Umar, a man who was under
criminal investigation by the EFCC itself, but claime he was not aware.

“These, for me, were
harmless gesture as we were both members of the presidential investigative
committee on arms procurement. At the time I had no knowledge that he was under
investigation for any alleged crimes.

“The claim that EFCC
documents, including EFCC letters addressed to the Vice President and being
investigation reports on the activities of Emmanuel Kachikwu and his brother
Demebi Kachikwu, were found in his home during a search by the DSS came to me
as a surprise.

“If that is correct,
he should be made to disclose how he came by such documents. I never discussed
my official duties with him let alone give him documents pertaining to
investigations being conducted by the Commission.”
On another hand, according to Sahara Reporters, a report
claims that Magu might have been a victim of power play sponsored by acts of
corruption.

On Friday, March 17, in a tweet, the Sahara reporters claimed
that Senators Dino Melaye and Phillip Aduda were in charge of the collection
and allotment of bribes among legislators to frustrate Magu’s confirmation.

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