The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has reacted to reports of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu appearing before a panel for questioning on Monday July 6.
According to a statement by the committee, Magu was invited before the Panel because of an alleged Memo from the attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami, as he (Malami) has been exploiting his closeness to the Presidency for his personal agenda.
The committee further alleged Magu’s questioning to his refusal in granting Malami’s demand to hand him over some high profile case files.
The statement reads:
“This is a preliminary reaction of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) to the alleged ‘arrest’ of Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“The real information reaching us is that he was only invited to appear before a Panel set up not long ago concerning some alleged memo by Malami, Attorney General and Minister of justice, regarding some alleged malfeasance by Magu, along with nominations for his replacement.
“The alleged originating Malami memo, up to the current “arrest“ seems an outcome of power-play by power blocs in the corridors of power in which Malami appears to be an arrow-head or major agent of a power bloc that is not really interested in, or in support of, Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.
“One can recall the earlier non-confirmation experience of Magu by the 8th Assembly, orchestrated by a power bloc and supported by the DSS ‘Security’ reports. One can also note the non-resubmission of Magu for confirmation since May, 2019 despite the apparent willingness of the 9th Assembly to consider it this time around.
“Again, we cannot forget Malami’s demand of certain high profile case files from Magu which the latter has been resisting. It may not be contestable that Malami has been exploiting his alleged loyalty and closeness to the President for his personal/power bloc agenda. For, to the best of PACAC’s knowledge and observations, Malami has not manifested any genuine commitment to the anti-corruption fight.”