By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Coalition of civil society groups under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians Against Injustice and Corruption, has faulted the release of suspended chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, from detention describing it as premature and ill-advised.
A statement signed by Convener of the group, Comrade Habu Bala, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Friday, July 17, 2020 wondered why a high profile personality who has been suspended for misconduct and various allegations of corruption would be released from detention at time when other top senior officials of the Commission have also been suspended.
The statement berated the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) and the Presidential panel, saying the action is ill-advised.
The statement read; “Since the panel are yet to conclude investigation into this matter, and when top officials were also fingered as likely accomplices and consequently suspended, the suspended chairman ought to have been kept behind bars until investigations are fully concluded.
“The release of a public official of his status and connections is capable of interfering with investigation, and could threaten the lives of Nigerians who might come out to give evidence on the matter.
“Mr. Magu who has turned the EFCC into a glorified police station by keeping suspects in detention for over a year (in the pretext of conducting investigations) and also known to have a penchant for disobeying court orders should be allowed to taste his own pill.
“Prominent whistle blowers and insiders have corroborated the corruption allegations and the lavish lifestyles of officers and men of the EFCC,” it stated.
The statement further called on the Presidency to expand the terms of the presidential panel to cover the source of wealth of so many officials in the commission.
It also advised that Magu and the top officials under suspension should be strictly monitored, or better still returned to custody to avoid jeopardising investigations.
”Take the anti-corruption fight from the top to the bottom, they are all fingers of the same leprous hand. There shouldn’t be sacred cows in the fight against corruption,” the statement maintained.