Selective corruption war? EFCC boss dodges questions about Buratai’s Dubai properties

Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Tuesday, dodged questions about the allegations that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has properties worth $1.5m in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

According to the Punch, the EFCC boss was leaving the Rockview Classic Hotel, in Abuja, where he had attended a one-day summit on ‘Anti-corruption, ethics of the legal profession and justice sector’, when he was approached by journalist.

Posed to take answer questions thrown at him, Magu had jumped into a waiting car as soon as the first question, which involved Buratai, was asked.

Before then, the EFCC boss had spoken at the event which was co-organized by the Nigerian Bar Association and the  Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption.

He pointed out that it was corrupt for a civil servant to pay a lawyer as much as N800 million as legal fee, questioning how a civil servant can earn such an amount.

Magu said that the EFCC will go after lawyers who assist their clients to launder money, noting that the anti-graft agency wont spare any lawyer, including Senior Advocates of Nigeria, who aid money laundering.

He said, “I don’t want to mention some of our strategies, but we will start going after people now. If you are involved in laundering money, we will go after you it doesn’t matter who you are because the law does not respect anybody – whether you are the EFCC chairman, whether you are SAN.

“Sooner or later we will look at how people assist people to buy properties with stolen funds, how people assist others to escape justice and we will go after them.

“But for now, I want to say, please, join us in the fight against corruption to save this country so that our children and grandchildren will have a greater Nigeria.”

Other speakers at the event included the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; and the Chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN).

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