The Peoples Democratic Party has faulted the alleged plan to promote Ibrahim Magu, the ousted acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, “despite his open indictment for corruption and abuse of office.”
The PDP stated that the alleged plan confirms that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration “is a sanctuary of corruption.”
This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘Reported Proposed Promotion For Magu Shows Buhari Presidency Is Condoning Corruption,’ signed by the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The statement read in part, “The party describes as outrageous and a direct slap on the sensibilities of Nigerians that the Buhari administration is reportedly planning to promote Magu to Assistant Inspector General of Police, despite being indicted in the alleged stealing of billions of naira recovered by the EFCC as well as cases of abuse of office in the commission by the Justice Ayo Salami Presidential investigation panel.
“It is indeed ludicrous, though true to its proclivity to cover corruption, that the Buhari Presidency, instead of allowing the law to take its course, is rather rewarding corruption by reportedly planning to promote an individual indicted for treasury looting and compromising of high-profile corruption cases for pecuniary gains.
“Our party invites Nigerians to note how the Buhari administration has failed to take disciplinary action against Magu, as recommended by the Salami panel, but seeks to reward him with a promotion in spite of the report by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, which nailed him for alleged diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sale of assets seized by the EFCC.
“This is in addition to reports by the Department of State Services (DSS) which also stated that Magu had failed “the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption stand of the current government.”