Ibrahim Magu says he will respond to every allegation against him now ”point to point”.
The suspended acting chairman of EFCC said this in a statement issued by Wahab Shittu, his lawyer.
He denied misappropriating funds recovered for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
According to him, the allegations against him border on matters that never brought before the panel
President Muhammadu Buhari set up the panel to probe the activities of the EFCC under Magu.
Magu also said the allegations were prejudicial to the proceedings of the panel.
Magu said through his lawyer:
Our client can no longer fold his hands in the face of these sustained malicious attacks to prejudge him in the public space.
Our client will henceforth, point by point reply to all false allegations orchestrated against him.
Magu will respond in public space on a daily basis as well as present his defense for the world to see.
This is without prejudice to the willingness of Magu to defend himself in the ongoing proceedings at the Panel.
The truth of the matter is that well over N329 billion recovered by EFCC under our client’s watch, remitted directly into NNPC dedicated accounts via Remita under a special arrangement endorsed by NNPC, EFCC and the affected NNPC’s indebted marketers.
By virtue of the said special arrangement, NNPC had requested formally the EFCC to recover the said amount from the affected NNPC’s marketers who expected to pay such funds directly to NNPC while NNPC, in turn, confirmed receipt of such payments to EFCC.
Therefore, EFCC never took custody of any of the recovered funds and so, the question of misappropriation of such funds by EFCC or our client could not have arisen as falsely published.
Our client has never confronted with any such allegations purportedly arising from the panel’s proceedings.
The story attributed to the panel which has become a recurring decimal, is a dangerous attempt to discredit the work of the honourable panel.
Investigations painstakingly conducted by EFCC under our client’s watch.
The matter has since been referred for prosecution. We prepare Charges ahead of arraignment in court.
Our client has no interest in shielding anyone found culpable from the long arms of the law.
At any rate, time does not run against the state in criminal prosecutions.
It is tendentiously wicked to suggest that our client excluded major approving authorities from the criminal process.
As a matter of fact, one Peter Hena, head of the FIRS coordinator support services group.
Hena authorize the illegal payment is one of those listed to be arraigne.
The case properly investigated and professionally vetted with our client deploying no influence whatsoever on the outcome