President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a probe into the corruption allegations levelled against the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami.
Malami had in a memo to President Buhari accused Magu of diverting recovered looted funds for his personal use.
Buhari has reportedly set up a panel to look into the allegations, and is said to be ready to sanction the anti-graft agency boss if indicted.
The probe panel is to be headed by the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
Magu was appointed acting EFCC Chairman in November 2015, and he is yet to be confirmed by the Senate.
Main opposition People’s Democratic Party has also described alleged involvement of Magu in corrupt, saying it’s a depiction of the alleged corruption of the present government.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the memo against Magu “exposed the abysmal corruption, deception and hypocrisy that pervade the Buhari administration.
“The world can now see that the much hyped anti-corruption fight of the Buhari administration, has been nothing but a huge fraud and a racket by certain persons in the APC administration to harass political opponents, intimidate and extort money from innocent Nigerians and steal public funds.
“Nigerians and the world have further seen why corruption has worsened under the Buhari administration, as copiously documented by credible international organization, including the Transparency International (TI).
“Instead, Mr. President had continued to run a system that condones corrupt practices by officials of his administration while providing cover for individuals indicted for corruption including those who are now serving as cabinet ministers and other federal appointees in his government,” the statement read in part.”
The main opposition party also demanded the resignation of the EFCC boss over the matter.