Barrister Mba Ekpezu Ukweni, SAN, the head of Chamber, Mba Ukweni and Associates, on Tuesday noted that the suspension of the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, was long overdue.
The lawyer in his statement noted that nobody is above the law, and anyone saddled with the responsibilities to fight against corruption in the country is expected to live beyond suspicion.
“He is expected to live beyond suspicion, so, for him to be fingered in a situation like this is a very serious issue, he shouldn’t have waited to be suspended, he should have resigned right away.”
“If Attorney General of a country could come out with a position that they have found certain things incriminating against a public officer, it is a very serious thing. The government needed to look into it immediately, they don’t need to wait at all.”
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria further stated that the All Progressives Congress-led government is more corrupt than the people they are fighting against.
“He remained in an acting capacity and the president left him there, all the allegations that were raised by the senate against him and why he was not confirmed were swept under the carpet, the senate has now been vindicated”
“With the Attorney General himself coming out now to say this is the person, it a very big question mark on the government and the government needs to do a rethink, very quickly too about its position on anti-corruption.”
“If the government has to fight corruption, it has to bring in people who are not corrupt, you cannot bring a thief to investigate a thief, there are these allegations that money was being recovered from thieves and handed over to another thief, if the government knows that is not correct it should vindicate itself,” Ukweni pointed out.