…Ozekhome says he wrote Presidency about Magu’s corruption in 2017
A senior lawyer, Mike Ozekhome has on Tuesday said he alerted the Presidency about the high-level of corruption engaged in by the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
He disclosed that he wrote a letter to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in 2017 when Magu was using his office to plunder the nation’s treasury with his close associates.
This latest revelation was coming hours after Ibrahim Magu was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The human rights activist and senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) also claimed he had challenged the suspended anti-graft agency boss many times for using impunity to fight corruption.
“I challenged him and his impunity severally in courts across Nigeria. I won virtually all the cases. I called for a change of the way and manner the ‘anti-corruption war’ was being selectively and opaquely fought,” Ezekhome said.
The operatives of the Department of Security Service (DSS) arrested Magu on Monday, though there were opposing reports that he was only invited for questioning, but his trouble began when he was suspended by the Presidency on Tuesday after facing investigative panel led by the retired jurist, Ayo Salami.
His arrest and suspension was traced to a memo served by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami who allegedly indicted the EFCC boss of grave misconduct.
This allegations corroborated fresh facts brought up by Ozekhome on Tuesday as he lamented that, “They looted our treasury in collaboration with their cronies, friends and acolytes. Magu was the new sheriff in town. I got no reply to my letter to Osinbajo. I wrote a reminder. No dice.
“I later challenged Magu publicly, face-to-face, on at least three occasions, one of which was at a ceremony at the federal high court in Abuja,” Ozekhome added.