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Magu must go after Babachir, Oke's suspension, lawmaker tells Buhari

April 20, 2017 4:09 AM
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Magu must go after Babachir, Oke's suspension, lawmaker tells Buhari

A member of the Federal House of Representatives, Linus Okorie has called for the suspension of Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Linus Okorie was reacting to the recent suspensions of SGF Babachir Lawal and NIA DG Ayodele Oke.

"I think that it is always better late than be late in all matters including administration problem. It has long been established that Mr President should have taken strong action if he had any intention to strengthen the fight against corruption the way we were told it should be.

“The suspension of the SGF is based on the numerous report and investigation that the senate conducted which pointed to the fact of obvious indictment in the north east fund. Now that he has come out to suspend him and also suspend the DG of NIA who also has a lot of explanations to make with the issue of Ikoyi towers fund.

“One is so hoping that the matter of EFCC will also get his immediate attention because irrespective of what we do if Nigerian confidence is not built in the institution of EFCC as the purveyor and chief prosecutor of the anti-corruption campaign, we will still be failing in that regard.

“It does not matter whether Magu is corrupt or not but the notion out there is that he has questions to answer.

“I am calling on Mr President to promptly also direct that Ibrahim Magu also goes on suspension so that the same investigations that he ordered into these two can also be conducted and if at the end of the day you find him not wanting in any regard, then he comes back to his job.

“So, I commend Mr President for this action even though belated, but I also call on him to summon the necessary political will to also do the same thing with respect to Magu, with respect to all the ministers that have also been so fingered in this allegations of corruption in that regard.

“And when that is done, Nigerians will find more confidence in the declared war against corruption and be sure that it is not just focused on the opposition and the former elements of the past government.”

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