The appointment of Ibrahim Magu as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by President Muhammadu Buhari have sent shock waves into both past and present public officers in Nigeria, with many Nigerians saying that the anti corruption drive have just received a boost.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina announced earlier today that Magu has been appointed to replace Ibrahim Lamorde as the head of the anti- corruption agency. The appointment takes immediate effect.
A senior lawyer who does not want his name mentioned said that “Magu is the best replacement for Nuhu Ribadu.Can this be true? Then, I sincerely urge those whose case file had been swept under the carpet to whole heartedly file fresh petition…the Magu I know is incorruptible, you cannot bribe him. He was Ribadu’s most trusted lieutenant; who as the then head of Economic Governance Unit of the EFCC, touched the untouchables.
Magu waged anti-corruption war to even the admiration of international communities. He successfully brought the likes Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor Abia State, Chief Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau State, lucky igbinedion, former governor of Edo State, Jolly Nyame, former governor of Taraba State, George Akume, former governor of Benue State, James Ibori, former governor of Delta State and host of others to their knees”, he said.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Jiti Ogunye welcome the news of Magu with excitement. He said with Magu in the saddle, corrupt people in the country had better sit up. Ogunye recalled how Magu was nearly killed in the course of investigating some powerful politicians in the Niger Delta. “He was posted by the then chairman of EFCC, Mrs Farida Waziri to Delta State. Nobody gave him a chance of survival”,he said.
Magu, who an Assistant Commissioner of Police is to take over from Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde who is proceeding on terminal leave ahead of the formal expiration of his tenure in February next year.