Magu: Abdulsalami denies EFCC raid

Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has reacted to an op-ed by Segun Adeniyi, spokesman of the late President Umaru Yar’adua, in which Adeniyi claimed that EFCC operatives had sometime ago raided Abdulsalami’s Minna home in Niger State, at the instance of the embattled Ibrahim Magu.

Adeniyi had stated that Magu’s travails might not be unconnected with some of his excesses, including touching some powerful people.

However in a statement by Abdulsalami’s spokesman, Capt. J. Mfon (rtd), the former dictator said the “house has never been searched by either the EFCC or any other security agency.

“However, sometime in 2017, operatives of the commission from Kano zone came to Minna to search a house in Tunga.
“The team ended up at His Excellency’s guest house in Minna and told the security officers on duty that they had instructions from their zonal head to search the property.

“The officers said since the numbering of houses in Tunga was haphazard, it must be a case of mistaken identity.
“When CP Magu was contacted, he said he was not aware of the operation. Thereafter, the EFCC team from Kano left.

“His Excellency’s understanding is that they realised they came to the wrong address. However, no search was conducted in the guest house.

“His Excellency, as a rule does not comment on media publications directed at or concerning him. He has taken this step in view of the reactions these reports are generating.

“His Excellency felt the need to provide this important clarification due to the ongoing media frenzy insinuating His Excellency’s role in Magu’s issue,” the statement said.

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