…Wants the anti-graft boss to step aside to forestall destruction of evidence

BY GRACE ANYANWU, ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday said that now that the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu has been pulled in for investigation, the Federal Government should preserve the integrity of the office by ordering him to step aside.

The Part said that is to allow investigators take charge of every activities of the office to forestall destruction of evidence as well as unnecessary interferences in the matter.

The PDP therefore urged 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 EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

The party said Nigerians are already aware that Magu has been pulled in for questioning, adding that the fact that he has to be accompanied by an attorney shows that the said “invitation”, is beyond the routine.

The PDP said that it holds 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 raise more integrity questions regarding Magu’s activities at the EFCC.

The PDP in a statement by its Nationl Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, noted that 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.

The PDP further said; “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.

“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”.

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