By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
Following the invitation extended to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu by an investigation panel of the Federal Government, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve him of his duties to avoid tampering with evidence and ensure unhindered investigation of the allegations.
The party in a statement by it’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday said that Nigerians are already aware that Magu has been pulled in for questioning.
He added that the fact that he was accompanied by an attorney shows that the said “invitation”, is beyond the routine, and hence the need for him to step aside pending conclusion of investigation.
“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” PDP said.
The opposition party added that any attempt by the Commission to compromise his investigation will only raise more integrity questions regarding Magu’s activities in the EFCC.
PDP recalled that in June, 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.
The party said that Nigerians and the international community are monitoring the development and will expect the Buhari Presidency to muster the courage to carry out a comprehensive investigation and make its findings public.
Recall that a team of operatives from the Department of State Security (DSS) had earlier, invited Magu for interrogation which may not be far from series of corruption allegations levelled against him.
Magu who has been Acting as the Chairman of EFCC failed a confirmation test at the 8th National Assembly over a damming report from the DSS that was leaked to the NASS committee.