THE indefinite suspension of Mr Ibrahim Magu as acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by President Muhammadu Buhari, has been described as timely.
Executive Director of a non governmental organization, United Global Resolve for Peace (UGRFP) Mr Shalom Olaseni, in a statement commending the President, stated in Abuja on Thursday that Magu’s removal would give room for a thorough investigation into series of allegations leveled against him.
The statement noted that Buhari’s intervention will shore up waning public confidence in the commission.
Olaseni said that Magu’s tenure became untenable in the face of grave allegations of corruption and mismanagement of recovered public funds.
Olaseni stated, “the alleged underlying factors, which led to the removal of Magu revolved around allegations of personal enrichment, subversion of the course of justice in particular cases prosecuted by the EFCC and insubordination to the oversight authority of the Ministry of Justice.”
He called on the National Assembly to step into the investigation through its Financial Propriety Committee in exercise of its oversight power of review of executive actions.
According to him, “this is to safeguard against an abuse of the entire process and further ensure that a trial or arraignment, where the investigations so recommend, will be backed by substantial body of evidence.
“This will indeed send a significant message to intending abusers of their public offices that it is no longer business as usual, and that there are indeed no hiding places in the extant laws and procedural systems of Nigeria.
“It is commendable that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, was an arrowhead in bringing to light the serious corruption infractions of the suspended former chairman of the EFCC.
“It is only a necessary outcome given that the Ministry of Justice has the power of oversight over the EFCC, but one which takes grit and sense of propriety for consequential actions to be taken when obligatory.
“It is regrettable that Magu’s alleged infractions against constituted authority and insubordination against the legal superintendence of the ministry of justice was allowed to fester for as long as it did.
“This is why it is imperative that a watchdog system is put in place to forestall the continual abuse of power that has been recorded in the office of the EFCC Chairman from Mrs Farida Waziri, Ibrahim Lamorde to the now suspended Magu,” Olaseni added.
He urged the ministry of justice to put in place a mechanism that would monitor the abuse of powers and privileges of the EFCC chairman’s office.
“Such mechanism will check the abuse of powers and privileges of office that has become the curse of former heads of the EFCC.”