Transparency International denies endorsing Magu

Acting EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu ozigi
Suspended EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu

EFCC acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Recent reports that Transparency International UK had endorsed the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has proven to be false.

A statement issued by the Anti-corruption body, EFCC had said that the International Anti-corruption monitor had endorsed Mr Magu as an Anti-Corruption icon.

The statement of the EFCC had come on the heels of the rejection of Magu by the Nigerian Senate as the nominee for confirmation to head the commission.

However, in a statement by TI announcing the event which Magu was invited to, it was categorically stated that the the invitation was not an endorsement by the World body.

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TI-UK stated in its website it said that it had to clarify that inviting Magu did not constitute an endorsement as reported in the Nigerian media.

“in light of reports in Nigerian press, TI-UK would like to clarify the following points:

“The event is being hosted by Transparency International UK, Global Witness and The Corner House.

“This event does not constitute an official follow-up to the London Anti-Corruption Summit, hosted by the UK Government in May 2016.

“The purpose of this event is to contribute to the discussion about the effectiveness of the UK-Nigerian asset recovery process, and more generally the UK’s asset recovery regime.

“All invited guests speak on behalf of either themselves or the organisation they represent – their participation does not represent an endorsement by TI-UK.”

Last week, The Senate had rejected Mr Magu’s nomination following a report by the DSS which alleged that he would constitute a liability to the anti-corruption fight of the current administration.

The security body had alleged that Magu hob-nobbed with individuals who were under investigation by the commission.

The report added that he (Magu) lived in a N40 million house paid for by someone being investigated by the commisson.

Following this report which was sent in October 2016 and reaffirmed last week by the DSS, the senate rejected Magu’s nomination.