Lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has denied receiving N28 million from the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
The former acting Chairman of the Commission, who is under detention, is being probed over allegations of fraudulent re-looting of recovered stolen funds from former public functionaries.
Falana made the denial in a letter signed by his lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), in which he demanded a retraction of the claim by a newspaper (not THE CONCLAVE), alleging in a publication that Falana collected the sum of N28m from the former EFCC boss.
In the letter, Falana also threatened to commence legal action unless the newspaper published an apology and retraction on its front page within 48 hours.
Part of the letter reads: “I do hope that you will, within the next 48 hours, comply with this gentlemanly request by publication on the front page of your newspaper.
“Failing compliance, my instruction is to issue a Writ in the tort of defamation in order to afford you an opportunity to prove what you imputed against my client’s character.”
According to Falana’s lawyer, the said publication was “damning against my client because his entire career as a lawyer has been devoted to fighting human rights abuses and corruption in high and low places.”