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Magu: Anti-graft War May Suffer Setback, Global Coalition Cautions




A coalition of global anti-corruption crusaders has said the unceremonious exit of former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) acting chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu may erode the recent gains in the fight against corruption.

The groups, Re:Common, Globalwitness and the Corner House based in Europe; said Nigeria has regained unprecedented gains under Magu‘s leadership of EFCC and that his removal under the current circumstances may roll back the momentous gains already recorded under his tenure.

Re:Common top official, Mr Lucas Manes, Corner House, Nicholas Hildyard and Simon Taylor of Globalwitness, in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari last week expressed deep concern over the travails of Magu, saying that the former EFCC boss may be a pawn in the desperate attempts by corrupt officials to kill the EFCC or turn the agency into a willing tool of corrupt politicians.

The letter was signed by Manes, Hildyard, Taylor and their Nigerian counterpart, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre) chairman, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju.

The letter reads in part  “what is going on in Nigeria is of concern to the international community. Mr Magu has proved himself to be up to the task. His determination to fight corruption is evident by the recovery of stolen funds and properties plus his own high moral ground earned at the cost of diligence and hardwork never before seen.