CCB Plans Charging Magu For False Asset Declaration


The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) is preparing charges against Ibrahim Magu, former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for allegedly failing to declare his assets.

According to TheCable, the move is different from the ongoing probe of his tenure at the EFCC by a presidential panel.

The report stated that Magu would be arraigned at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which handles the cases of public officials who fail to declare their assets.

But, Magu’s lawyer, Wahab Shittu denied the allegation that of false declaration against the embattled his client.

In a statement on Wednesday, Shittu, described the allegation as “gross misrepresentation and blatant falsehood”.

Magu’s travails followed a memo by Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), who accused him of grave malfeasance.

He was arrested and whisked before the panel sitting at the presidential villa in Abuja. He would later be released on bail, after spending ten days at the Area 10 force criminal investigation department in Abuja.

TheGazelleNews had earlier reported the allegations against Magu to include mishandling recovered loot. He was equally said to have sold seized assets to his associates, a claim Magu denied.

The former anti-corruption chief has consistently claimed innocence of the accusations against him.
In an earlier letter to the panel, Magu through his lawyer demanded that he be furnished the list of allegations and allowed to challenge his testifiers , a demand that has not being granted him.

Magu is not the first EFCC chairman to face such ordeal in office. Nuhu Ribadu, pioneer chairman of the EFCC, was similarly charged for false asset declaration in 2019. The tribunal eventually struck out the case against Ribadu.

Ribadu’s predecessors, Fareedah Waziri and Ibrahim Larmorde also left the EFCC in controversial circumstances.

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