The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday maintained its position that indicted acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, be prosecuted.
The party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that Magu’s indictment reinforced its position that the much-hyped war against corruption by the EFCC, under his watch, had been a huge scam by corrupt individuals to cover the plundering of public resources, harass political opponents, intimidate and extort money from innocent Nigerians.
The party further observed that the revelations of diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sale of assets seized by the EFCC, among other sleazes, as detailed in the memo by the Attorney General and Minister of justice, as well as the report of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Magu’s activities, had further exposed the racket that the fight against corruption had become under the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.
The party added that the development had also exposed why corruption had worsened under the Buhari administration, as documented by credible international organization, including the Transparency International (TI).
The PDP said it was a big embarrassment to our nation, that the head of anti-corruption agency in an administration led by the African Union (AU) anti-corruption champion and “which prides itself on zero tolerance for corruption, is being dragged in allegation of looting recovered fund and other barefaced frauds.”
They said now that the racket had been exposed, the onus was on President Muhammadu Buhari to clean the Augean stables by not sweeping the matter under the carpet or seeking to provide soft landing for the indicted EFCC boss or shield him from prosecution.
The party said what Nigerians expected at this moment was for President Buhari to enforce the law by directing relevant agencies to commence actions that would lead to Magu’s prosecution in the court, adding that anything short of this would not be acceptable to Nigerians.