The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched a spirited defence of its Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu over a corruption slur against him on social media.
In a statement EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale released, the commission said the rumour linking Magu to some choice properties and avoiding his serving of a writ of summon issued by a court were unfounded.
The anti-graft agency explained that the allegations imputed to its boss were made in bad faith saying it is well aware of those behind it.
The statement reads: “The attention of EFCC has been drawn to the antics of some few elements in the social media, employing desperate antics of blackmail, and smear campaigns against the successful war being fought against corrupt practices by the commission and its courageous Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
“As a law enforcement agency, the EFCC has enough facts about the sponsors of such insidious campaigns. It is an unflattering fact that corruption will always fight back and the commission is not surprised that such a campaign could be coming from some overseas-based, politically-exposed and disgraced elements being investigated for unnerving acts of corruption.
“For his courage, consistence and never-say-die spirit, Magu, would undoubtedly, have a tribe of hard critics, cynics and bitter foes. However, it is uncharitable to link him with the ownership of some buildings belonging to other individuals with verifiable addresses. It is even ridiculous to allege that he shied away from being served a fictitious writ of summons over a matter long decided by the Judiciary.
“The commission finds every unfounded claim against it and its helmsman, as desperate backlash from disreputable elements suffering its uncompromising works against corrupt practices. We are not worried about such retrograde moves. Members of the public only need to ignore tendencies aimed at blackmailing the EFCC and its workforce.”