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Politicians Have Hijacked Magu’s Investigation- European Coalition

Three anti-corruption groups have called for fair dealing in the investigation of corruption allegations against Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the EFCC.

The groups, two of which are European said what is going on in Nigeria “is of concern to the international community”.

Magu has been facing a Presidential Panel since Monday, and his situation has attracted local and international reactions.

He has since been suspended, with an Acting Chairman, Umar Mohammed also appointed.

According to the groups — Re: Common, Global Witness and The Corner House based in Europe — Nigeria has made great development in the fight against corruption under Magu’s leadership.

The groups’ revealed its position in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, signed by Lucas Manes of Re: Common, Nicholas Hildyard of Corner House and Simon Taylor of Global Witness.

Olanrewaju Suraju signed on behalf of Human and Environmental Development Agenda, the Nigerian section of the coalition.

“What is going on in Nigeria is of concern to the international community. Mr Magu has proved himself to be up to the task,” they said.

“His determination to fight corruption is evident by the recovery of stolen funds and properties plus his own high moral ground earned at the cost of diligence and hard work never before seen.

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

“His political removal questions the will of Nigeria to deal with a major cause of the country’s underdevelopment which is corruption.”

The group have also been helping Nigeria in the Malabu Oil Scandal, helping with information on the details of those involved.

While the group maintained that anyone found in corrupt dealings should be investigated but called for a level playing ground.

“The procedures are clearly being hijacked by detractors of Magu in the political space and this is eroding the potential credibility of the outcome of the panel constituted to probe these allegations.”

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