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I Am Happy Senate Did Not Confirm Me – Magu

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday stated that he is happy that the Senate did not confirm him as the chairman of the Commission.

In his statement he claimed that if he had been confirmed by the Senate, maybe he would not have been abe to perform as much as he had done.

Magu stated this before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja where he was testifying in a libel suit he filed against The Sun Newspaper.

The Sun Newspaper had been sued by the acting chairman of EFCC for a series of publications which he described as libellous and injurious to his character.

Magu before Justice Doris Okuwobi had claimed N5bn damages and also demanded that The Sun Newspapers should publish an apology and retract the alleged libellous publications.

Magu, under cross-examination by the respondent’s counsel, Charles Enwelunta, said he was not worried that he had been rejected by the Senate twice.

He said, “I have been rejected by the Senate twice and it does not worry me that I’m not confirmed; I’m not bothered. It’s good that they did not confirm me, I may not be able to work very well as we have been able to get over 700 convictions.”

Magu told the court that he had only a house which is in the Karo area of Abuja contrary to the publication of The Sun Newspaper which alleged that two houses were traced to his wife by the Department of State Services.

Magu dismissed as false The Sun Newspaper’s publication of March 25, 2017, titled ‘Magu under fresh probe,’ which claimed that two houses located in a highbrow area in Maitama, Abuja were traced to his wife and that he was under discreet investigation by the DSS.

He said, “Since I came to the EFCC, nobody has investigated me. I am not under any probe, the publication is totally false. Even if I have the money, I wouldn’t buy houses in Maitama.

“My wife is a civil servant. We only have one house sold to us in Karo, Abuja. The publication is completely untrue.

“I want to tell you the damage it has done to me. It was not done to me alone, it has gone down my lineage, the entire family, and it has done so much wrong. It has done so much damage.”

Justice Okuwobi adjourned the matter till February 28, 2019 for further proceedings.


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