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Nobody can remove Magu as EFCC chairman – Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday cleared the air on the controversy surrounding the status of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), saying Magu cannot be removed by anybody.
Osinbajo spoke through Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai shortly before the commissioning of the EFCC zonal office in Kaduna.
This came just as the EFCC chief called for establishment of special prison for corrupt Nigerians in Sambisa forest.
Osinbajo said he held talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue, adding that the President insisted that Magu would remain the EFCC chairman.
The acting President said: “We have every confidence in Magu to fight corruption to a standstill. He would remain the EFCC chairman as long as I remain the acting President and as well as Muhammadu Buhari remains the President.
“It is our belief that Magu would continue to remain a nightmare for corrupt people for years to come.
In his welcome address, Governor El-Rufai said he had recovered over N500 million from corrupt past government officials and contractors without anybody knowing.
He, however, added that those corrupt officials will be handed over to the EFCC in due course for prosecution.
According to the governor, he encouraged the establishment of EFCC zonal office in Kaduna because the state has zero tolerance for financial irregularities.
On the location of prison in Sambisa forest, Magu urged the judicial arm of government should cooperate with EFCC for the prison to become a reality.
He said: “We want to call for establishment of prison in Sambisa forest in order to keep away corrupt people from our midst.
“In this case, the judiciary has direct influence to help in the fight against corruption.
“But concerted efforts are being made by some big Nigerians to neutralise the fight against corruption.
“We must change the narrative by fighting back those that do not want the fight to succeed.”


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