Categories: Politics

Magu Is Being Investigated, Not Tried For Corruption Allegations – Adesina

Ibrahim Magu                                                                                                  Femi Adesina

 

The Presidency has reacted to the release of the suspended boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from the custody of the Nigeria Police Force.

Speaking on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Magu’s probe by the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel is a plus to the Federal Government’s stance in fighting corruption.

The presidential spokesman, however, said that Magu, who is also a Commissioner of Police, is being investigated over allegations of corruption and not being tried yet.

“Mr Magu is not being tried, at least not yet because what lawyers call prima facie has not been built against him.

“He is rather going through investigation. So it is a plus for the anti-corruption war rather than something that will rebuild the bite and impact of that war,” he said.

READ ALSO: Suspended EFCC Chairman, Magu Released From Police Custody

Reacting to the suspension of the chairman of the anti-graft agency, Adesina noted that nobody is above scrutiny.

He explained that there is no need for Nigerians to be worried about the anti-corruption war, adding that Magu’s travails will rather strengthen the fight against graft.

Speaking further, the presidential spokesman warned critics of the administration not to pick faults with his principal for quizzing Magu.

The EFCC boss has been in the eye of the storm following his invitation by the Federal Government panel set up in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on July 6.

He was later moved to Area 10 Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the police in Abuja where he has since been detained.

On June 11, President Muhammadu Buhari affirmed the suspension of Mr Magu and it took effect immediately.

According to a statement from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the presidential directive was to allow for an unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.

Ignatius Igwe

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

  • Coronavirus
  • Headlines

Ondo Reports 95 Fresh COVID-19 Cases As Nigeria’s Infections Near 35, 000

    Ondo State on Thursday recorded ninety-five fresh COVID-19 cases as Nigeria's infections from the virus inched closer to…

5 hours ago
  • Sports

Barcelona Congratulate Real Madrid For Winning 2019/2020 La Liga Crown

    Barcelona have congratulated Real Madrid for winning the 2019/2020 La Liga title on Thursday after they (Real Madrid)…

5 hours ago
  • Sports

Why NFF Used PPG to Conclude 2019/2020 NPFL Season – Pinnick

  The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has explained why the Points-Per-Game (PPG) formula was adopted in concluding the 2019/2020 Nigeria…

6 hours ago
  • Business

NLNG Denies Withdrawal Of $1.05bn From Dividend Account

  The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) has condemned the reports that it illegally withdrew the sum of $1.05…

6 hours ago
  • Sports

Man United Beat Crystal Palace To Keep Champions League Hopes Alive

  Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to keep the pressure on Leicester after their top-four rivals defeated Sheffield United as the battle for…

7 hours ago
  • Politics

Buhari Warns Ministers, MDAs, Others Against Disrespecting National Assembly

  President Muhammadu Buhari has read the riot act to ministers and heads of the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs)…

7 hours ago