The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu on Thursday revealed before an Ikeja High Court that he has only one house in Karo, Abuja, as against the two houses the Department of State Security (DSS) claimed his wife has in the Maitama area of Abuja.
Magu was responding to allegations made against him in a widely circulated Newspaper publication on March 25, 2017, titled: Magu Under Fresh Probe, which claimed two houses located to a high brow area in Maitama, Abuja were traced to his wife.
The EFCC Acting Chairman sued the publishers of the newspaper before an Ikeja High Court, claiming N5 billion in damages, and also demanding that it published an apology and also retract the libelous publications.
“The publication is totally false. Even if I have the money, I wouldn’t buy houses in Maitama, ” Magu said while being led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Wahab Shittu.
“They said the houses are located in the Darrubbe and Missouri, Maitama and that they belong to my wife. “My wife Fatima Yakaka Magu is a civil servant and cannot afford to buy houses in Maitama. I am an international man and the publication has damaged my reputation. The name Magu does not only end with me. The publication caused a whole lot of trauma for my lineage, ” Magu said.
While being cross examined by counsel to the defendant, Charles Enwelunta, Magu said his wife is not a party in the suit he filed against the defendant.
“Are you sure you read the story very well?” Enwelunta asked Magu.
“Yes I read it over an over again, and they did not say DSS was investigating my wife,” Magu replied.
Enwelunta: Which arm of the government is suppposed to confirm your appointment?
Magu: The Senate.
Enwelunta :You boasted that so far you have been able to secure 200 convictions.
Enwelunta : How many times were you presented to the Senate for confirmation?
Enwelunta : Can you tell this court why you were rejected?
Magu: They are in a better position to tell you why they rejected me. I have been there for three years and Nigerians are watching.
Enwelunta : Do you know Inda Sule Moses, Lawal Mammah, Najeeb Iman and Adebayo Adeleke Rafiu?
Magu: Yes, we all faced the Senate at the same time for confirmation.
Enwelunta : Are you not worried that they were all cleared except you?
Magu: It does not worry or bother me that i was rejected twice. If you are working they won’t confirm you.
Enwelunta : Do you think some forces are trying to remove you?
Magu: That’s not important.
Enwelunta : So you the Senate did not find you confirmable?
Magu : Yes
The presiding Judge, Justice Doris Okwobi at this juncture adjourned the matter till February 28 2019 for further proceedings.