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PDP asks EFCC acting chair to step down

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday asked the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu to step down.

The call followed Monday’s quizzing of Magu by security agencies over alleged infractions.

In a statement on Monday night by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party urged President Muhammadu Buhari to show the genuineness of his war against corruption by allowing unhindered investigation of Magu.

PDP said Nigerians are already aware that Magu has been pulled in for questioning; adding that the fact that he has to be accompanied by an attorney showed that the said “invitation”, was beyond the routine.

It further stated that the development around the EFCC chair as well as the “desperate attempt” by the Commission to cover or wave off his investigation, only raised more integrity questions regarding Magu’s activities in the EFCC.

The statement said, “Only last month, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minster of Justice, Abubakar Malami, released a memo in which he indicted Magu of alleged diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sale of assets seized by the EFCC.

“Our party, Nigerians and indeed, the international community are keenly monitoring the development and expect the Buhari Presidency to muster the courage to carry out a comprehensive investigation and make its findings available to the public.

“Now that Magu has been pulled in for investigation, the Federal Government should preserve the integrity of the office of the Chairman of the EFCC by ordering him to step aside while investigators take charge of every activities of the office to forestall destruction of evidence as well as unnecessary interferences in the matter.

“Moreover, with the allegations and investigation, Magu has lost the moral rectitude to continue to preside over the anti-corruption agency. He should step aside until he proves himself innocent”.

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