The temporary Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, said on Thursday 13th of December, 2018 that he was glad the Senate refused to confirm him as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency.
Mr. Magu said if the Senate had confirmed him, perhaps he would not have been able to perform as much as he had done.
The temporary Boss said this before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja where he was testifying in a libel suit he filed against The Sun Newspaper.
Mr. Ibrahim Magu had sued publishers of the Sun Newspaper for a series of publications which he described as defamatory and harmful to his character.
The commission boss who sued the publishers before Justice Doris Okuwobi claimed N5bn damages and also demanded that The Sun Newspapers should publish an apology and withdraw the supposed defamatory publications.
The acting Chair, under cross-examination by the respondent’s counsel, Charles Enwelunta, said he was not worried that he had been rejected by the Senate twice.
Magu said, “I have been rejected by the Senate twice and it does not worry me that I’m not confirmed; I’m not bothered. It’s good that they did not confirm me, I may not be able to work very well as we have been able to get over 700 convictions.”
He also claimed before the court that he had only one house in the Karo area of Abuja as against the publication of The Sun Newspaper claiming that two houses were traced to his wife by the Department of State Services.
Mr. Ibrahim Magu discharged as false The Sun Newspaper’s publication of March 25, 2017, titled ‘Magu under fresh probe,’ which claimed that two houses located in a highbrow area in Maitama, Abuja were traced to his wife and that he was under discreet investigation by the DSS.
The acting Chairman said, “Since I came to the EFCC, nobody has investigated me. I am not under any probe, the publication is totally false. Even if I have the money, I wouldn’t buy houses in Maitama.
“My wife is a civil servant. We only have one house sold to us in Karo, Abuja. The publication is completely untrue.
“I want to tell you the damage it has done to me. It was not done to me alone, it has gone down my lineage, the entire family, and it has done so much wrong. It has done so much damage.”
The Judge adjourned the matter till February 28, 2019 for further proceedings.