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Attorney General Asks Magu To Respond To Corruption Allegations

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has directed the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to respond to the indictment made against him by the Department of State Services, DSS.

The directive was contained in a letter dated December 19, 2016 and delivered to the EFCC boss on Tuesday.

In the letter, the AGF gave Magu 48 hours to respond to the allegations of corruption made against him in a DSS report to the Senate, which resulted in the Senate refusing to confirm him as the substantive chairman of the EFCC last Thursday.

Among the allegations against Magu, was that his official residence in Abuja was paid for by a “corrupt businessman” and that he flew first class to Saudi Arabia to perform the lesser hajj, contrary to a presidential directive.

A source who is privy to the development told an online newspaper, TheCable, that the EFCC Boss was urged to respond to the allegations so as to state his own side of the story before the President will decide on his next line of actions.

However, there are also questions as to why Magu was not asked to respond to the DSS allegations before the report was passed to the Senate.

It is said that Magu and Lawal Daura, the DSS director-general are not in very best terms.

The failure of the senate to confirm Magu has led to speculations that there is a gang-up against him by those who are likely to face investigation and prosecution if he becomes the substantive chairman.

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