OrderPaperToday – A coalition of global anti-corruption groups has demanded that the report of the probe of former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, be released to the public.
In a letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, the coalition asked that the report of the Justice Ayo Isa Salami chaired judicial panel of inquiry be released without delay because “as the legal maxim goes, ‘Justice delayed, is justice denied”.
The letter signed by Olanrewaju Suraju, Simon Taylor, Nicholas Hildyard and Luca Manes for HEDA Resource Centre, Global Witness, The Corner House and Re:Common respectively, noted that “if Magu has a case to answer, then let him be charged before a court and given the opportunity to defend himself in public.
“If there is no case to answer, then justice demands that he be reinstated. Indeed, every day that passes without a decision being made on his fate chips another block off Nigeria’s reputation for upholding the rule of law. This not only raises questions about Nigeria’s anti-corruption fight, but has strongly suggested to the international community that Nigeria’s fight is not, in the end, serious – that instead, progress can only be made against small targets, and that once the “important” begins to be held to account, the lackeys of the corrupt will be permitted to sabotage due process, absent even the semblance of any subtlety,”
The judicial panel chaired by Justice Ayo Salami which investigated Mr. Ibrahim Magu on allegations of corruption, wanton abuse of office and insubordination following complaints by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had been approved by President Buhari on July 3, 2020 and submitted its report on November 20, 2020.
Yet details of this report has not made public nor any legal action taken against Mr. Magu, deepening suspicions that that the whole exercise was aimed at witch hunting and stampeding the good anti-corruption work of Magu who has been acclaimed world-wide as placing Nigeria on a glorious footing in the anti-corruption fight.
The international coalition also noted that expectedly the administration of President Joe Biden will take keen and renewed interest in the international fight against corruption and “for the sake of Nigeria and the reputation of your presidency, we again unequivocally urge you to weigh in and see that justice is not only done but, seen to be done in this matter.”
It can be recalled that Nigeria recently emerged the 2nd most corrupt country in West Africa.
Reporting by Chinonso Kenneth