Expect surprises and unthinkable results from the Magu probe, Garba Shehu tells Nigerians
Garba Shehu, the President’s senior special assistant for media and advertising, asked Nigerians to be prepared for surprises in the investigation of Ibrahim Magu, the former Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
President Muhammadu Buhari has set up a team led by Ayo Salami, a former President of the court of Appeal, to investigate the activities of the EFCC under the leadership of Magu.
The group invited Magu on various occasions and after he reportedly failed to complete the call.
He was eventually arrested and whisked to the presidential villa in Abuja to answer questions on alleged abuse of office and corruption.
Magu’s travails followed a memo by Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), in which the suspended anti-graft czar was accused of grave malfeasance.
He was alleged to have mishandled the recovered loot and to have sold seized assets to his associates.
Magu was detained at the area 10 force criminal investigation department (FCID) in Abuja for 10 days before he was released.
Speaking through Wahab Shittu, his counsel, Magu had said he is prepared to face the panel but insisted that the allegations were false.
But when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Shehu said the presidency had been receiving some updates from the panel, adding that the findings would surprise Nigerians.
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“I guess this is a question for the Justice Ayo Salami panel and I must say that panel is composed of some of this country’s most honoured people with integrity who will do the right thing,” he said.
“I am not going to pre-empt the panel investigation but I just advice Nigerians to hold their hearts in their hands. By the time they are done with this job and they come out with the reports prepare yourselves for surprises.
“I don’t know what will come out but if the sense we are getting from what is being done over there is anything to go by, I think that Nigerians should not be confused by any outbursts by anybody.”