Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:57

Magu claims he is not getting fair hearing

Embattled acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, Wednesday filed a protest claiming he is not getting a fair hearing from the Department of State Services (DSS).

 

According to a fresh report “Magu has failed integrity test and will constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration,”  the DSS said.

The senate subsequently rejected Magu as the chairman of the anti-corruption agency.

In his response Magu said “What does it mean if DSS submits two report on the same person, the same day?”

He queried the integrity of the report, wondering why the DSS would have two varying reports on him.

He also rejected claims that a corrupt businessman hired a mansion for him as contained in the report.

“The house I’m staying belongs to Dora Akunliyi, the son was looking for money to go back to the US and that was how we got the house,” he said.

“Government has such houses, they are safe houses. When the rent expires I will go back to Karu, I believe that everybody has a duty to fight corruption.

“There is a right to fair hearing, but up till now the DSS has not invited me to hear my own side. This is a constitutional issue, he said.

Senator Dino Melaye referred his colleagues to the report, before asking Magu if he has the integrity to lead the commission

“With what I read this morning, I also have to inform you that every nominee who comes to this senate, we do request for screening from the DSS. It did not start with you, and it will not end with you.

“So it is at the premise of this request that we received this from the DSS, the Department of State Services is to us what the FBI and CIA is to the US, and we cannot ridicule, we cannot undermine, we cannot put to abeyance the report of the DSS.

“Anyone who wants to be chairman of the EFCC must be unblemished, must be pure, must be stainless… After this report, do you still see yourself qualified be the chairman of the EFCC or do we take you to Golgotha?”

 

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:11

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