The Economic and financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) takes exception to the attempt by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to challenge the integrity of its Chairman, ibrahim Magu, over the management of assets recovered from pension fraud suspects.
The governor, who self-addressed the media today in ado Ekiti, was quoted as saying that respected Lagos lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, “was one amongst several extremely placed Nigerians who allegedly were compensated by the EFCC and ibrahim Magu with properties retrieved from corrupt government officials.”
This is the most irresponsible allegation, coming from a governor of a state. will Fayose, in good conscience be able to name the “prominent Nigerians’, that the EFCC and Magu supposedly ‘dashed confiscate properties to curry their favors’?
The EFCC doesn’t need to control discerning Nigerians to win their support. The Commission’s record and the uncommon commitment of Magu to the fight against corruption is that the reason why patriots like Falana would openly identify with the Commission.
Magu and the EFCC did not offer out any property, being suspected proceeds of crime, to anybody. The Commission ne’er received any property from Abdulrasheed Maina and could not be compensating people for what doesn’t exist. If Fayose has proof to the contrary, he’s at liberty to call another world press conference to show all the prominent Nigerians.
Otherwise, he should face the task of governing Ekiti and the challenge of accounting for his stewardship as his tenure hits the homestretch.