The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday, July 15, refuted the allegations of diversion of recovered looted funds and others levied against him.
Magu made this disclosure shortly after his release from detention that lasted 10 days at a police facility in Abuja.
1st News had reported that the suspended EFCC boss was arrested while making his way out of the anti-graft agency’s annex headquarters in Wuse II, Abuja; and taken to the Presidential Villa where he has been facing a presidential probe panel headed by the retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami.
During his time in detention, several allegations were leveled against him which necessitated the consitution of a probe by the panel.
The panel explained that they were mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari to audit the recovered assets by the EFCC
Magu however dismissed the allegations; saying they were orchestrated to tarnish his image and that of the EFCC.
“They are nonsense. They are mere trump up allegations to tarnish my image and that of the EFCC. I did not steal or divert or convert funds to private use. I read the allegations and I was shocked.”
“I thank Nigerians for their support, they should not be discouraged. I am happy to be back, I believe the war against corruption is winnable”, he said.
He however vowed to continue to wage war against corruption whether he returns to office as EFCC boss or not.
“As for me, I will forever wage war against corruption. I urge Nigerians to continue to support the fight against corruption. They should not give up on the fight because corruption kills a nation faster than any other thing.
“It is not a personal fight. Whether I am EFCC Chairman or not, the anti-corruption war must continue.
“What I have gone through is a case of dog eats dog; but I see it as one of those risks of the job. But we must not give up in any way”, he said.