AGF Malami Orders Ibrahim Magu to Respond to Allegations Against Him Within 48 Hours

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has ordered the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to respond to the allegations levelled against him by the Department of State Services, DSS, within 48 hours.

Online platform, TheCable reported that in a letter dated December 19, 2016 and delivered on Tuesday, Malami gave Magu 48 hours to respond to the allegations made by the DSS which stalled his confirmation by the senate last week.

Recall that Malami met behind closed-doors with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, a day after he was instructed by the president to investigate the involvement of any top government officials accused of any wrongdoing.

The Senate last week declined confirmation of Magu as the substantive boss of the EFCC. Senate based its decision on a security report from DSS, which indicted Magu of financial misconducts.

The report said Magu failed integrity test and would constitute a liability to the anti-corruption fight of the Buhari administration if confirmed head of the EFCC.

The Senate also last week accused the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir David Lawal of corruption in the award of contracts at the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE).

A report by the Senate ad-hoc committee on mounting humanitarian crisis in the North east headed by Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) indicted the SGF in a N2.5billion fraud at PINE. Following Babachir’s indictment by the panel, the Senate resolved that he should resign and face prosecution for alleged fraud. The Senate also said it would provide evidence against Babachir to President Buhari.

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