Despite a reported indictment for corruption and abuse of office, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday condemned rumors of intentions to promote Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The investigation confirmed, according to the party, that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is a haven for corruption.
The PDP urged Buhari not to “ease off” on the corruption allegations leveled against Magu, but rather to make Justice Ayo Salami’s report public and, if necessary, prosecute the former EFCC chief.
Despite being in office, the Buhari administration is apparently intending to promote Magu to Assistant Inspector-General of Police, which the party called as absurd and a blatant slap on Nigerian sensibilities.
“The planned promotion of Magu is indeed ludicrous, though true to its proclivity to cover corruption, that the Buhari administration, rather than allowing the law to take its course, is rather rewarding corruption by reportedly planning to promote an individual allegedly indicted for compromising high profile corruption cases.
“Our party invites Nigerians to note how the Buhari’s administration has failed to take disciplinary action against Magu, as recommended by the Salami panel, but seeks to reward him with a promotion in spite of the report by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, which nailed him for alleged diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sale of assets seized by the EFCC.
“This is in addition to reports by the Department of State Services (DSS), which also stated that Magu had failed ‘the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption stand of the current government.”
According to the PDP, the proposed promotion of Magu has heightened popular suspicions that certain high officials in the president are encumbered with corruption culpability, and that a docked Magu will reveal their crimes.
The PDP, on the other hand, has urged the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the police high command to defy the pressure to promote Magu and start the procedures.
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