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General News of Friday, 31 July 2020

Source: MyNigeria

Toes I stepped on ganged up against me - Magu

Ibrahim Magu Ibrahim Magu

Ibrahim Magu has blamed his travails on the toes he stepped on during his watch as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Magu who has been suspended from the position is currently being probed for misappropriation of recovered loots.

In a response to the allegation being investigated by the Presidential Committee On Audit Of Recovered Assets (PCARA), Magu denied playing part in misappropriating loots recovered by the antigraft agency.

He said, “In the exercise of my official functions as acting chairman of the commission, I have stepped on toes in ensuring that corruption is fought to a standstill in Nigeria.

“Some of the suspects under investigation and prosecution are always ganging up to fight me back, publishing false, untrue, malicious and libellous allegations against me. I have never abused the office I am occupying at the pleasure of Mr President.

“I have never personally enriched myself whilst performing my official function. I challenge my accusers to produce any evidence of this purported personal enrichment.”

He also said that under his watch as EFCC boss, no misappropriation of recovered loots was recorded.

“No assets were sold and the proceeds thereof converted. There has been no mismanagement of or lack of transparency in the management of recovered assets under my leadership of the commission.

“There has been no diversion of proceeds from recovered assets or personal enrichment on my part. A careful investigation into what has been recovered and what has been paid into the appropriate accounts will easily confirm this.

“Not a dime of the recovered funds were converted to my personal use. I challenge my accusers to produce evidence of such fraudulent conversion.

“All my actions are documented and follow the prescribed procedures with necessary approvals. I am innocent. I have served my country to the best of my abilities with all sense of responsibility and integrity.”

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