By Amidu Arije
The Presidency has issued an official statement on the suspension of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
Magu has been under interrogation by a Presidential probe panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami for alleged fraud in office.
He has been in custody since Monday, he has filed a bail application to the Inspector General of Police, but yet to be released.
The presidency in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Saturday, said the suspension of Magu will allow for proper investigation into the allegations against the former EFCC helms man.
“Therefore, the suspension of Mr. Ibrahim Magu, allows the institution to continue carrying out its mandate without the cloud of investigation hanging over its head,” he said.
The President spokesman said Magu is being given fair hearing to enable him defend himself against allegations levelled on him.
“Meanwhile, Mr. Magu is being availed the opportunity to defend himself and answer the allegations against him. This is how it should be, as is the fact that under the Laws of Nigeria every citizen is presumed and remains innocent until proven guilty,” he said.
Shehu said Buhari’s administration fight against corruption remained strong and unwavering as he affirmed that fight against corruption is process that evolves over time and required different strategies to deal with.
He said: “We must realize that the fight against corruption is not a static event, but a dynamic and ever evolving process, in which the EFCC is just one actor; and as we continue to work towards improving our democratic process so shall every institution of ours also embark on that journey of evolution.
What is however important is that there must be accountability and transparency and our people must realize that they would be held to account. This is the building block in the fight against corruption, the establishment of the concept of Accountability and the recognition of the Rule of Law.
Those who see Mr. Magu’s investigation, as a signal that the fight against corruption is failing, have unfortunately, missed the boat”.