Classmates of the former Ag Chairman EFCC Ibrahim Magu have declared that he is innocent of all charges levelled against him..
Magu was suspended from his role after a damming report by the Attorney-general, Abubakar Malami.
Consequently, a panel tasked with investigating the retinue of allegations made against him was empanelled by President Muhammadu Buhari and chaired by Ayo Salami (SAN).
Under the banner of the Yerwa Practicing Primary School (YPPS) alumni association, his classmates said he is innocent of all charges.
The association in a statement signed by Al Hassan Sultan, their chairman, said, “It has now become pertinent for the above Association to express its concern over the consistent attacks and wide range of unfounded allegations levelled against one of its alumni, the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu,” the statement reads.
“We believe that the objective of these allegations and other unsubstantiated claims are targeted at tarnishing his noble character and crucifixion by certain predators, who were once investigated by his commission and are determined to ensure Magu’s downfall for purposes of undue relevance and selfish reasons.
“Since the inception of the Justice Isa Salami-led Commission of Enquiry to investigate Ibrahim Magu over alleged mismanagement of recovered assets, insubordination and abuse of office, we the alumni of this Association decided to give the panel benefit of doubt.
“This is because of Magu’s past record of being above board. But the recent happenings during and after the proceeding has compelled the Association to break its silence and demand through this forum, justice, equity and fair play in the entire proceedings and the outcome of the investigation of the panel.”
“Certainly, there is no credible testimony more than the one coming from a childhood friend particularly school or classmate. Ibrahim Magu is one of our ambassadors who, over a period, has given us a cause to be proud of (belonging to this Association) and so, members of this Association are in a better position to extol the virtues and noble character of Ibrahim Magu whom we have been interacting with as colleagues, old school- and class-mates for decades, knowing the motto of our school (Honesty is the Best Policy),” the group said.