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Magu keeps mum on Maina, says he’ll speak ‘at the appropriate time’

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Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says he would reserve his comments on the ongoing saga involving Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms (PTFPR), until “the appropriate time”.

Magu said this at a meeting between the African Union (AU) delegation and Olukunle Bamgbose, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.

The meeting was reportedly a follow-up to the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari as the champion of the union’s theme for 2018, ‘Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’.

In July, Buhari had been endorsed at the 29th ordinary session of the AU assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Asked about Maina, Magu declined comment on how he entered the country “without the knowledge of the EFCC”, saying his response should be reserved for a later time.

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He also refused to comment on efforts being made to unmask those behind Maina’s reinstatement into the civil service.

“We should reserve that for another time. We have done our best. We have declared him a wanted person. It is on our website”, Magu said.

“At the appropriate time, I would make statement on this issue.”

On Buhari’s endorsement as the champion of the union’s theme, Magu said it was an indication of the recognition of the president’s will to fight corruption.

He stated that the fact that the world recognised Buhari as an anti-corruption crusader was encouraging.

“You and I know that he is not kidding. He is not pretending. There is no pretence there in his will to fight corruption. There is no doubt about that.

“You know me enough and we would go ahead. We will not disappoint the rest of the world.

“They have recognised that the president is doing well and they have come here, the African Union, our brothers and sisters and we will do everything possible to contribute positively”, he said.

 

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