Ibrahim Magu An Impediment To Anti-Corruption War, Says AGF

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The cold war between the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami and the Acting Chair­man of the Economic and Fi­nancial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday took a worri­some dimension.

Malami, who had consist­ently played down the alleged feud, yesterday opened as he accused Magu of stifling of the Federal Government’s anti-cor­ruption crusade.

Malami and Magu who have seemingly been locked in a bitter disagreement over prosecution of some past gov­ernors that the EFCC investi­gated for alleged corrupt prac­tices.

Before yesterday, the two key officials in the President Muhammadu Buhari, had de­nied that there were squabbles between them.

However, the AGF on Wednesday in Abuja said that, “Magu’s ignoble role led to the suspension of Nigeria from the Egmont Group of Financial In­telligence Unit.”

The Egmont Group of Fi­nancial Intelligence Unit is an informal network of nation­al financial intelligence units (FIUs) that collect informa­tion on suspicious financial activity from the financial in­dustry and other entities or professions are required to re­port transactions suspected of being money laundering or ter­rorism financing.

In a statement issued by Malami through his Special Adviser on Media and Public­ity, Comrade Salihu Isah, the AGF lamented that Magu’s re­fusal to separate the office of the Nigerian Financial Intel­ligence Unit (NFIU) from the EFCC was responsible for Ni­geria’s suspension from the global group.

Malami said: “It is a sad tale to tell how the Acting Chair­man, Ibrahim Magu-led EFCC has frustrated these efforts and even had to resort to blackmail in some instances oftentimes, alleging that the AGF and the Ministry were all out to impede the government’s anti-corrup­tion drive.

Magu and oth­er EFCC officials; and atimes through online publications; had at one time or the other accused the minister of trying to compromise the war.

“They have always per­ceived the Office of AGF as a threat instead of addressing the issues related to the best strat­egy to fighting corruption ad­vocated by the AGF.

“As a result of the new oc­currences in global circle, it is pertinent that the EFCC can­not continue to be dogmatic on its stand.

It can’t shy away from the needful. The current reali­ty is that, Nigeria must not re­main a pariah in the anti-cor­ruption space.

This is very germane at this point,” he said.

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