Lawyer Explains Why He Is Not Surprised About Magu’s Rejection

legal-practitionerA legal practitioner, Gordy Uwazurike, says he is not surprised about the Senate’s rejection of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In his words, “I am not surprised that there is mudslinging between those who sling mud to others. In other words, the head hunters, are now head hunting themselves”.

He explained that it is a life and death struggle, between agencies such as the EFCC and DSS over who has the president’s ear.

The fight against corruption has remained a tough one as even those in the chairmanship position of the EFCC in the past, Nuhu Ribadu, Amina Waziri, have also left in controversial circumstances.

In the case of Magu, Uwazurike believes that “If you are fighting corruption and also relying on media trial to destroy those who you want to go after, one day it will come back to you.

According to him, the only person who was not rushed out of office was Lamorde.

He also believes that the treatment being metted out to Magu, is only a pay back of what he has done to others in the past.

“Magu has a serious problem, the EFCC under him has engaged in massive media trial of people. That method he is using against people is what is being used against him.

Speaking further, he equally questioned the authenticity of the DSS saying that some of the allegations raised against certain persons may not necessarily be based on evidence on ground, so long as the public buys into it.

Referring to the allegations against Magu concerning the 40 million Naira apartment which he currently occupies, the lawyer stated that:

“When they want to go after you, most of the things that are written in the press are rubbish, it is just to present you in court that matters.”

He however described the situation as an embarrassment to President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to put his house in order as he can’t have two boys working for him (referring to the DSS and EFCC), both going in different directions.

In a statement earlier released by the Socio-Economic Rights And Accountability Project, (SERAP), it expressed that:

“The purported rejection by the Senate of Nigeria of Magu’s appointment as the chairman of EFCC is politically motivated and in bad faith and part of a persistent move by the National Assembly of Nigeria including the Senate and the House of Representatives and other agencies of government apparently working with them to undermine the ongoing fight against corruption.”

EFCC Tasks Women On Anti-Corruption War

EFCC Tasks Women On Anti-Corruption WarChairman of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, has called on Nigerian women, to be at the forefront of the fight against corruption, given the effect of the menace on them.

He said this at the launch of the Nigerian Women Against Corruption Campaign in Abuja, adding that women bear over 80% of the consequences of corruption.

According to Mr Magu, the launch of the campaign is part of efforts aimed at inculcating the right values even in families.

Since the inception of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration in May 29 2015, the word ‘anti-corruption’ has become a daily mantra among Nigerians, reinforcing the administrations cardinal objective to reduce corruption as far as possible.

What is new however is the fact that more women have been called to help achieve this objective by serving as torch bearers in preaching the message of anti-corruption.

One of the main reasons highlighted by some individuals for how far corruption has thrived, is financial pressure from women to keep up with the latest trends from fashion to consumer goods.

The launch of the Nigerian women against corruption campaign is therefore expected to serve as a wake up call for women in respect of their role in helping the government succeed in its anti corruption war.

Arms Probe: “Courts Will Decide Dasuki’s Fate” – Presidency, APC Tell GEJ

Presidency, APC, Sambo Dasuki, Goodluck Jonathan, Arms ProbeThe Presidency says only a competent court can decide if former president, Goodluck Jonathan’s National Security Adviser (NSA) stole over two billion dollars meant for purchase or arms for the country.

In statement released on Tuesday, the presidency urged Mr. Jonathan to allow the court to decide the fate of his former NSA, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

Dasuki is accused of misappropriating monies intended for the procurement of equipment for the Nigerian military in its battle against the Boko Haram insurgency.

This follows comments by former president Goodluck Jonathan that his embattled former NSA could not have stolen about $2.2 billion as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Mr. Jonathan said this on Monday during a debate on youth entrepreneurship at the Oxford Union Society in England as he defended his administration’s policies, especially in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging North Eastern Nigeria.

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Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

“They said the National Security Adviser (Sambo Dasuki) stole $2.2bn. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2bn.

“We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the Army and so on and so forth and you are still saying $2.2bn was stolen. So, where did we get the money to buy all those things?” Dr. Jonathan said at the Oxford Union.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, however, says Dr. Jonathan’s comments are sub-judicial since there is already an existing legal action against the former NSA over how the monies in question were spent.

“The matter is sub judice. Let the courts decide,” he said.

APC queries GEJ’s assertions

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, also challenged the former president to help Mr. Dasuki prove his case in court since he does not believe such an amount was misappropriated.

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APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Timi Frank

Mr. Frank said rather than make those claims, it would be more appropriate for Mr. Jonathan to assist in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

“First, I wonder why it took former President Jonathan such a long time to speak out. Why now? If Colonel Dasuki is as clean as he wants us to believe, it would be nice if he can assist his former NSA to prove his case in court.

“The courts deal with evidence; let them prove their case,” he said.

The former NSA was arrested in December 1, 2015 by officers of the Department of State Services and has since been in detention for allegedly misappropriating about $2.2 billion.

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Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel, is accused of misappropriating billions of dollars meant for arms purchase

The scandal dubbed Dasuki-gate has evolved to the prosecution of top government and military officials who allegedly benefited from the largesse.

Corruption Fight: EFCC Boss Reels Out Achievements

Corruption Fight: EFCC Boss Unveils TriumphsThe acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, says the commission’s conviction rate in 2014 is above the combined efforts of the Police and other anti-graft agencies in Nigeria.

He reeled out the anti-graft agencies achievements when he led a management team of the commission to meet with the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes.

Speaking on the ongoing prosecution of suspects in the arms scandal, Magu said the commission had achieved a lot as regards convictions.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Crimes, Kayode Oladele, said it was extremely saddening to discover the outright stealing being uncovered in Nigeria.

He said the committee was looking forward to helping the EFCC realise President Buhari administration’s fight against corruption.

Honourable Oladele assured the commission of the committee’s support and readiness to amend the EFCC Act for better performance in the fight against corruption.