DSS Debunks Arresting EFCC’s Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

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The viral reported arrest of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has been denied by Department of State Services (DSS).

The Service’s Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, said this in a statement on Monday where he noted that the DSS has since been inundated with inquiries over the reported arrest of Magu, stressing that the Service has no connection with the incident.

Afunanya issued the statement after reports emerged that the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency had been arrested by DSS officials in Abuja.

Magu’s Special Advisor on Media, Tony Amokeodo also told Channels TV that his boss was not arrested but only invited to answer questions regarding some allegations against the agency.

Amokeodo explained that Magu was invited to appear before a Federal Government panel set up to investigate the allegations of corruption levelled against him. According to him, the panel is sitting at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the anti-graft agency, Mr Dele Oyewale, has clarified the controversy surrounding Magu’s invitation in a statement.

“Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, on Monday, July 6, 2020, honoured an invitation by a Presidential Panel reviewing the activities of the EFCC, at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja,” a statement signed him read.

He added: “He was served the invitation to the Panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting. The EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation.  A member of a legal team from the EFCC is also with him on the Panel.”

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