PDP wants Magu to step aside to forestall destruction of evidence


* Says his invitation, investigation confirm malfeasance in EFCC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to show the genuineness of its war against corruption by allowing the unhindered investigation of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a statement on Monday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Nigerians were already aware that Magu had been pulled in for questioning, adding that the fact that he had to be accompanied by an attorney showed that the said “invitation”, was beyond the routine.

The party said that the development around the EFCC acting Chairman as well as the desperate attempt by the Commission to cover or wave off his investigation, only raised more integrity questions regarding Magu’s activities in the EFCC.

“Only last month, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minster of Justice, Abubakar Malami, released a memo in which he indicted Magu of alleged diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sale of assets seized by the EFCC.

“Our party, Nigerians and indeed, the international community are keenly monitoring the development and expect the Buhari Presidency to muster the courage to carry out a comprehensive investigation and make its findings available to the public

“Now that Magu has been pulled in for investigation, the Federal Government should preserve the integrity of the office of the Chairman of the EFCC by ordering him to step aside while investigators take charge of every activities of the office to forestall destruction of evidence as well as unnecessary interferences in the matter.

“Moreover, with the allegations and investigation, Magu has lost the moral rectitude to continue to preside over the anti-corruption agency. He should step aside until he proves himself innocent,” PDP said.


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