Magu Discredits DSS Indictment, Says Report Unfair

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu
Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has said that the report by the Department of State Services, DSS, which indicted him, cannot be proven and therefore not credible.

Magu’s nomination as substantive EFCC chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari was on Wednesday rejected by the Senate which said that the DSS’ report against him could not be overlooked.

But the anti-graft boss insisted that he is innocent and that his non confirmation will not prevent him from championing the anti-corruption campaign.

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Magu said: “Those allegations cannot stand the test of time because these allegations cannot be proven.“You can’t just raise mere allegations without giving the person opportunity to answer you.

“There is the issue of fundamental human right. Right of fair hearing is there.

“Up till this time, the DSS has not called me and I am even surprised that the same report is coming back and this time around, it is signed by somebody which I doubt the genuineness of that report.”

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Magu maintained that he will continue to carry out his responsibilities until his last day in office.

“My priority is to fight corruption. My confirmation has not changed anything. I will work until the last day whether confirmation or no confirmation,” he said.

“The greatest violation against human right is crime against the society and the humanity. But everybody has a duty and responsibility to fight corruption.

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“I also have a responsibility. I assure you that we will fight to finish,” he said adding that he was not threatened by the allegations from DSS.

A part of the DSS report read: “Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.”