The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday dodged questions calling on him to probe of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, for purchasing properties worth $1.5m in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Many had argued that it is practically impossible for a government worker like Buratai to have earned such millions of dollars he used in purchasing properties in Dubai. As a result, many have called on the EFCC to probe him and where he got such millions.
However, Magu while departing the Rockview Classic Hotel, in Abuja, venue of a one-day workshop on ‘Anti-corruption, ethics of the legal profession and justice sector,’ was accosted by some journalists who asked him for an interview.
Magu however, adjusted himself to take questions from the journalists, but as soon as the first question bordering on Buratai was asked, he sharply turned back and jumped into his waiting car.
The event co-organised by the Nigerian Bar Association and the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption had seen Magu saying that the agency would be going after lawyers aiding and abetting criminals who have stolen money.
Many have argued that Magu was just being afraid as he doesn’t want to step on some toes. How the EFCC will go about this and clear the air before Nigerians is yet to be seen. Many have accused the agency of being one-sided in its fight against corruption and if Buratai’s case goes under the carpet, many will be justified.
The EFCC has been accused by many Nigerians of being afraid to probe Buratai because of his government connections. Some have said if he was in the opposition, he would have been arrested by the agency a long time ago. However, the EFCC has kept mum over the issue as Nigerians continue to worry.
It would be recalled that a week ago, foremost lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), had urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Buratai, if the Army chief failed to voluntarily resign following the revelation that he purchased the Dubai properties.