EFCC Chairman: “We’ll Not Disobey Any Court Order!”


Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Alhaji Ibrahim Magu, yesterday reiterated the commission’s commitment not disobey any court order in the course of its anti-corruption war.

At a meeting with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, he said that media co-operation in the anti-corruption fight was critical to keeping Nigerians informed of happenings in the commission, adding that media support was also needed to fight corruption in the country.

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EFCC, has restated its belief in the rule of law in the ongoing prosecution of high profile Nigerians for alleged corruption, saying it will not disobey court orders.

“The fight against corruption is not about me or EFCC; it’s about the entity called Nigeria and every one of us. We have never had any reason to disobey any court order and we will not disobey court orders. It is not about me, it is about the desire to move this country forward,” Magu assured.

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The EFCC bosspromised to be transparent in managing the EFCC. He furthermore reacted to the backdrop of accusations from some quarters that the commission was violating the rights of detained suspects who are currently standing trial for various acts of corruption, especially from recent developments on the re-arrest of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, and the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu immediately after they were granted bail by various courts.

Recall that Dasuki had been granted bail and the right to travel abroad for medical reasons, Kanu was set free by a court in Abuja but the two directives have been disobeyed.

President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Magu as the commission’s boss on November 9. He was an Assistant Commissioner of Police before taking over as the anti-graft commission chairman.

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