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I’m a victim of corruption fighting back, says ex-EFCC boss Magu

Former Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has said he was fired from his job because in the fight against corruption, the monster had the upper hand.

Magu spoke Abuja while receiving an award of “Achiever Per Excellence” given to him by Northern Female Students’ Association (NFSA).

The ex-EFCC chairman, who spoke through his son, Mohammed-Saeed Magu, said he was a victim of corruption fighting back, judging by the way he was shoved out of office.

The younger Magu, who said his father remained committed to ensuring transparency and accountability in the conduct of government businesses, thanked the students for honouring the former EFCC boss.

The leader of the group, which comprises students of higher institutions in the 19 northern states, Miss. Aisha Nasir, described Magu as a good man who dedicated himself to national service.

She lauded Magu’s efforts, saying he would have achieved more had President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed him as the commission’s substantive chairman.

Miss Nasir said: “Love him or hate him, one argument that cannot be contested is the fact that Ibrahim Magu, when he was the acting chairman of the EFCC, took the anti-corruption fight in Nigeria to hitherto uncharted levels where many people thought could never be attained or that no one would have the courage to go in the war against corruption.

“Ibrahim Magu, the poster boy of the anti-corruption crusade, which has become the signature policy engagement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, has attracted both continental and global commendations for tackling what has been described across international platforms as the number one factor militating against the growth and development of African nations and economies.

In the judgment, Justice Yusuf Halilu also awarded N540,500,000 to Omale, who is the General Overseer of Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries, against a bank for the falsely generated weekly report of a “suspicious” credit inflow of N573,228,040.41, to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), which led to invitation and interrogation by the Justice Isa Ayo Salami-led presidential investigation panel.