How Magu reacted to question on Ganduje bribery video

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Monday refused to answer questions on whether the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was being probed following the published video of the Governor allegedly receiving dollar bribes from public works contractors.

Magu had invited reporters for a press conference in commemoration of his third year in office, during which he reeled out the achievements of the anti-graft agency in the last three years including a large number of convictions and recoveries.

However, when it got to the question and answer session, Magu was asked to confirm if the EFCC was investigating Ganduje who was allegedly caught on camera collecting kickbacks in dollars from contractors.

He responded by simply saying: “Next question please”.

The Kano State House of Assembly had begun investigations into the matter but was stopped by a court from going further.

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay SAN, had said the Kano Assembly was not competent to probe the governor, adding that only an anti-graft agency like the EFCC could do so.

Also during the session, Magu disclosed that the EFCC is seeking the extradition of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke because the United Kingdom authorities have failed to take legal action against her despite being there since 2015.

He asserted that the commission was equipped to successfully prosecute the former minister who has been accused of mismanaging oil funds to the tune of $20bn.

Alison-Madueke, who is being investigated in the UK, had urged the Federal Government to bring her back to the country to face corruption charges against her. But, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, responded that bringing her back to the country would jeopardise the investigation being carried out on her in the UK.

He had explained, “Steps have been taken by the United Kingdom authorities on issues bothering on corrupt practices involving Nigerians.

“If Nigeria feels strongly that there is need to bring Alison-Madueke here to face charges of corruption, government will not hesitate to do that.

“As things stand now, there is no need for that since the UK Government is already investigating her.’’

When asked if the former oil minister’s extradition to Nigeria would not affect her pending case in the UK, Magu said, “There is no court trial. She was being investigated even before I assumed office. So, it has taken so long and it is very unreasonable that she is not being tried there.

“So, we are tired of waiting and that was why I said if you cannot prosecute her, bring her and we will prosecute her. There is no prosecution going on in the UK.

“We are involved in the investigation in this country and outside the country including America and London. I have been there. We have worked and sat together. We cannot wait endlessly. I think three years and above is sufficient for you to take her to court. There is no court process against her in the UK. Nobody is prosecuting her there.”

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