State Home Correspondents have been on Monday bared from accessing the Banquet corridor of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, venue the place the embattled Performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu was being grilled for alleged infractions in opposition to him by a panel comprising males of the Division of State Companies (DSS).
The EFCC boss was reported to have been arrested by the DSS when his car was mentioned to have been stopped in site visitors whereas transferring out of the Wuse II Annex of the EFCC workplace in Abuja and the invitation was prolonged to him.
However the DSS, in a press release on Monday clarified that it didn’t arrest the Performing Chairman of the EFCC ”as has been reported by sections of the media.”
Public Relations Officer, DSS Nationwide Headquarters, Peter Afunanya mentioned, ”the Service, has since, at this time, sixth July, 2020, been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest.”
The venue was being secured by the Particular Drive (SF) wing of the DSS when the newsmen made to entry the Press Heart located atop the Banquet Corridor, earlier than a plain garments safety element requested the journalists to go away the power.
The press had arrived the venue to cowl the occasion at about 3.20pm.
“They mentioned you folks ought to excuse the usage of this place for at this time, ” the Operative mentioned.
The investigative panel was constituted by President Muhammadu Bubari penultimate week following allegations that he owns 4 selection properties and was laundering funds overseas by way of a 3rd celebration.
The principle opposition – Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), Friday mentioned the memo by the Legal professional Normal of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, indicting the performing chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, of economic rip-off, has additional uncovered the corruption, deception and hypocrisy that pervade the President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities
”It’s the worst nationwide embarrassment within the historical past of Nigeria, that the pinnacle of anti-corruption company in an administration that prides itself on zero tolerance for corruption, is being dragged on allegation of diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sale of property seized by the company.”
In a press release issued by the nationwide publicity secretary of the celebration, Kola Ologbondiyan, the celebration famous that Malami’s memo has “uncovered the credentials of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption structure, rubbished his standing as Africa Union(AU) anti-corruption champion and shattered our nationwide integrity within the worldwide enviornment,” the assertion mentioned.
The assertion additional learn: “The world can now see that the a lot hyped anti-corruption battle of the Buhari administration, has been nothing however an enormous fraud and a racket by sure individuals within the APC administration to harass political opponents, intimidate and extort cash from harmless Nigerians and steal public funds.
“Nigerians and the world have additional seen why corruption has worsened underneath the Buhari administration, as copiously documented by credible worldwide organizations, together with the Transparency Worldwide, TI.
“Certainly, our celebration, Nigerians throughout board and naturally, members of the worldwide neighborhood, have utterly misplaced confidence in President Buhari’s capability to battle corruption as he has not demonstrated the littlest effort in opposition to corruption since he got here into workplace in 2015.
“As a substitute, Mr. President had continued to run a system that condones corrupt practices by officers of his administration whereas offering cowl for people indicted for corruption together with those that are actually serving as cupboard ministers and different federal appointees in his authorities.
“The PDP recalled that President Buhari had insisted on Magu because the EFCC Chairman regardless of his rejection by the Senate over experiences by the Division of State Companies, DSS, which raised sure integrity points in opposition to him.
“The celebration additional recalled that the DSS report, which was learn out on the ground of the Senate, allegedly acknowledged that ‘Magu has failed the integrity take a look at and can finally represent a legal responsibility to the anti-corruption stand of the present authorities.’
“Our celebration due to this fact holds that the newest report coming from none apart from the Legal professional Normal of the Federation; the EFCC’s supervising minister, who believably has unhindered entry to information and paperwork associated to the anti-graft points, should be acquired by President Buhari as an enormous demand on him to scrub up the system.
“Furthermore, following the allegation of diversion of recovered funds coming from the nation’s Legal professional Normal, the EFCC chairman has misplaced all ethical rectitude to preside over our nation’s anti-corruption company to analyze and prosecute others till he comes clear of those horrible allegations.
“Nevertheless, given this administration’s historical past of concealment and canopy for indicted officers, our celebration enjoins the Nationwide Meeting to right away represent a joint ad-hoc committee and begin an unbiased investigation into these alleged disgraceful acts which have the potencies of collapsing our nation’s integrity earlier than the comity of countries.
“Our celebration additionally calls on Mr. Magu to right away step apart and submit himself for an unbiased investigation with a view to clear his identify.”
It will be recalled that Malami had in a letter addressed to President Buhari earlier within the week, accused Magu of failing the transparency take a look at within the disclosure of recovered property amongst different alleged infractions.