Alleged Inefficiency: NGOs Demand Magu Removal

 Alleged Inefficiency: NGOs Demand Magu Removal

A group, Global Centre for Conscious Living against Corruption (GLOCCOLAC) has called for the immediate removal of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission’s (EFCC) chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

Speaking while addressing a world press conference on the second year anniversary and appraisal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption, the Director General of GLOCCOLAC, Gabriel Nwambu described the several cases of gross violation of rights of citizens and the fact that EFCC try suspects on the pages of newspapers as alarming and embarrassing Nigeria in the league of nations.

“This explains why the EFCC has been losing most of the high profile cases in the courts of law. Rather than operate in a covert manner, the EFCC expose vital documents that are meant to be kept as confidential office issue thereby violating the code of conduct and oath of secrecy as contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This also contradicts the entire essence of the act establishing the commission.”

“It is on record that several suspects were tried and convicted on the pages of newspapers, blogs and website of various social media platforms, only for these innocent people to be cleared by courts of competent jurisdiction. It is worthy of note that the EFCC is collaborating with some social media platform which we have investigated and found working with some clinedestined political big-wigs in Nigeria and the EFCC itself to mutilate the image and integrity of some highly placed Nigerians,” he alleged.

Speaking further, he said “Within just 96 hours, EFCC lost five high profile cases including Justice Ademola Ajakume, Elder Godsday Orubebe, the former Director-General of NIMASA at the Court of Appeal, Senator Abdulazeez Murtala Nyako and Murtala Adamu Jangebe of Zamfara State UBEC among many other cases. In view of the foregoing, it becomes evidently clear that Magu has grossly violated the fundamental rights of many Nigerian citizens destroying their images and integrity which is against the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In the same vein, he has violated the code of conduct of public service and consequently the oath of secrecy.”

“Magu has also turned President Buhari’s genuine fight against corruption in Nigeria into a laughing stock before the league of nations. Magu’s style of trying suspects on the pages of newspapers and inability to secure conviction at the courts of competent jurisdiction are serious threats to the commitment and determination to reduce corruption to the barest minimum by the Buhari administration,” he said, saying Magu’s continuous stay as the acting chairman for over the mandatory 90 days is a clear violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Magu is therefore now operating another Constitution within the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which calls for redress. In the interest of peace and respect of the tenets of modern democracy hinged on the rule of law, these civil society organizations and indeed many Nigerians who support President Buhari’s fight against corruption are hereby as matter of urgency request the authorities concerned to immediately remove Magu as the acting chairman of EFCC and replace him with a more competent and committed Nigerian citizen for the realization of the present administration’s goal in fighting corruption.”

The over 130 Non-Governmental Organizations/Civil Society Organizations however expressed their support and commitment to Buhari’s war against corruption, saying it will minimize the high level of dishonesty among Nigerian citizens as well as help save Nigeria from losing trillions of dollars and other foreign currencies by some unscrupulous elements through corrup practices.

“Corruption, no doubt is a menace that has retarded the growth and development of Nigeria, hence, it must be fought with all sense of vigour and seriousness it deserves because only a sincere, honest and genuine war against corruption can save Nigeria from economic quagmire,” he added. 

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