SUSPENDED Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said about N329 billion recovered by the Commission under our his watch was remitted directly into NNPC dedicated accounts.
Magu, in a statement made available to Newsden sources through his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, revealed that the EFCC never took custody of any of the recovered funds.
“The truth of the matter is that well over N329 billion recovered by EFCC under our client’s watch was remitted directly into NNPC dedicated accounts under a special arrangement endorsed by NNPC, EFCC and the affected NNPC’s indebted marketers.
“By virtue of the said special arrangement, NNPC had requested formally that the EFCC recover the said amount from the affected NNPC’s marketers who were expected to pay such funds directly to NNPC while NNPC, in turn, confirmed receipt of such payments to EFCC.
“Therefore, EFCC never took custody of any of the recovered funds and so, the question of misappropriation of such funds by EFCC or our client could not have arisen as falsely published.
“Take notice that our client can no longer fold his hands in the face of these sustained malicious attacks to prejudge him in the public space.
“Our client will, henceforth, point by point, reply to all false allegations orchestrated against him in the public space on a daily basis, as well as present his comprehensive defense for the world to see.
“This is without prejudice to the willingness of our client to defend himself in the ongoing proceedings at the Presidential Investigation Panel.”
Magu was arrested on July 6 and is currently facing investigation over allegations raised by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).