Sagay-led presidential anti-corruption committee rejects reported position on Magu’s arrest
The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has denied issuing an official statement on the ordeal of suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
PACAC Chairman, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN) said a widely-circulated comment by a member of the committee, Prof. Femi Odekunle, was a personal opinion that did not represent the official stance of the committee.
The Herald quoted Odekunle as accusing Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) of not being committed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s war on graft.
In a statement, Odekunle said Malami’s “power bloc” was hell-bent on removing Magu by all means possible.
He said President Buhari must be wary of the power bloc’s “shenanigans” to avoid derailing the war on corruption, one of his cardinal campaign promises.
According to him, Malami’s memo calling for Magu’s removal and the EFCC’s boss’ invitation “seem an outcome of power-play by power blocs in the corridors of power in which Malami appears to be an arrow-head or major agent”.
But Sagay distanced the committee from the statement.
“The attention of the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has been drawn to a statement circulating in the media space credited to one of its members Prof Femi Odekunle.
“The press release is the personal opinion of the member under whose name it was released and not that of the committee.
“If the committee consistent with its mandate has any view on the matter, it will be channelled to the President and not to the media,” Sagay said in a statement signed by PACAC’s Communications Officer, Mr. Aghogho Agbahor.