Junaid Mohammed Slams Malami Over Call for Magu’s Romoval
AREWA AGENDA – Junaid Mohammed, a Second Republic lawmaker, has berated the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for calling for the sack of Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Arewa Agenda had reported that all may not be well in the Buhari administrations fight against corruption as two cardinal front liners of the effort, Abubakar Malami and Ibrahim Magu are set to collide over allegations of insubordination and diversion of recoverd funds.
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari the sacking of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.
Malami, in a memorandum to the president, anchored his recommendation on several grounds “raging from diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct” by Magu,
Multiple sources said that Malami included a short list of three candidates for consideration to replace Magu.
Reacting in a statement, Mohammed said the reason why Malami wrote the memo accusing Magu of the offences is due to his inability to control the EFCC boss.
He also called for an investigation into the claim that Magu allegedly sold most of the recovered assets by the EFCC without the knowledge of anyone, a.
Mohammed, therefore, advised Malami to resign and tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians and President Buhari if he feels uncomfortable working with Magu.
“Malami should urgently resign if he feels uncomfortable with Magu, a man hailed and feared by many crooked persons because of his unwavering disposition in the fight against graft.
“In his words, if he means that Magu should break the law and allow him (the AGF) to act arbitrarily and put his own consideration over the national consideration and provision of the laws; if he is not happy and he must have complained to the President and the President has not deemed it fit to remove Magu, Malami should have common sense and common decency to resign.
“After all, he is a political appointee. President Buhari would not sack one of them. But he, the AGF, should resign because he is the one who is unhappy by making such scandalous statements aimed at belittling Magu. But it is actually the President that he is belittling, not Magu.”
Magu and Malami both Northerners from Borno and Kebbi State respectively, have been at the helm of Nigeria’s war on corruption since the coming of the Buhari regime with Malami serving as Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, while Magu serves as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, remaining unconfirmed for about five years.
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