The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, says the ongoing probe of Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is a plus for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Malami said this during an interview on NTA. According to Malami, Magu’s probe proves that no one is above the law in the Buhari-led government.
When asked whether the probe was to settle personal scores, the minister of justice said it was the presidency that set up a panel to investigate the EFCC and him.
On whether the probe of the EFCC was not a blow to the anti-corruption war, Malami said it rather reinforces the fact that the government is committed to the fight against corruption without fear or favor.
“I wouldn’t like to be pre-emptive of the panel put in place by the President relating to an agency but within the context of the first leg of the question as to whether setting up a panel to look into the activities of an anti-corruption agency is a blow or a plus, I think to my mind, it is indeed a plus. It goes on to establish the tradition which this government is known for; a tradition of no fear or favour as far as investigating corruption cases or allegations are concerned.
So, to my mind, it is indeed a plus that reinforces and re-establishes a tradition by which the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is known, re-established to the effect that no allegation of corruption can be swept under the carpet. So, it is indeed a plus and not a blow.” Malami said
Magu is currently being investigated for allegedly diverting recovered funds, buying a N570m property, and other offenses, which he has since denied.