NEWSFLASH: Buhari Suspends Magu, Says Nobody is Above Scrutiny

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President Muhammadu Buhari may have suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, The Daily Bells has learnt.

The Daily Bells had earlier reported that Magu may be suspended over the ongoing probe by a presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami.

The panel is investigating 22 allegations against Magu.

Multiple sources confirmed that Magu has been asked to step aside so as not to obstruct investigation.

It was further learnt that a formal statement will be issued shortly on the development.

Meanwhile, the Presidency has declared that the ongoing probe of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) an affirmation that nobody under the present administration is above scrutiny.

According to facts made available to correspondents by a source in the presidency who pleaded anonymity, the interrogation of the anti-graft boss is to give him the opportunity to clear himself of weighty allegations.

The source maintained that the investigation of the EFCC boss was to reinforce the Buhari administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability, adding that the holder of such an elevated office must be above suspicion.

It assured that the administration will not prejudge anyone as it could be counted on to uphold justice and fairness.

The unsigned statement read: “The panel investigating allegations against Ag. EFCC Chairman had been sitting for some weeks now.

“In consonance with the principle of fairness and justice, it was needful that the Ag. Chairman be given opportunity to respond to the allegations, which are weighty in nature.

“Under the Muhammadu Buhari administration, nobody is above scrutiny. Repeat: nobody.

“The investigation is to reinforce transparency and accountability, rather than to vitiate it.

“Accountability for our actions or inactions is an inalienable part of democracy.

“In such elevated position as that of EFCC Chairman, the holder of the position must be above suspicion.

 

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“There’s no prejudgement. Absolutely none. The Buhari administration can be counted on to uphold fairness and justice at all times.”

Meanwhile, the Department of State Services (DSS) has said that contrary to claims that Magu had been arrested, he was only invited by a Presidential Panel reviewing the activities of the EFCC, at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to the anti-graft agency, he was served the invitation to the Panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting and he was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation.

On Monday, the EFCC BOSS appeared before a panel probing allegations of gross misconduct against him.

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