The acting Head, Media & Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC , Tony Orilade has reacted to the report doing the round about the plot to remove the acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu.
He spoke with NewsBreakNG on Friday morning, saying that Magu has committed no offence and should be rather rewarded for his dedication and hardwork.
According to Orilade: “What is his offence? Is removal from office the reward for hard work? Has Ibrahim Magu not performed? With a 312 unprecedented convictions in 2018 and five already in 2019, billions of Naira recoveries, Assests, he has done well.
“I think Nigerians should be thinking of how to reward him rather than evil plot and unsubstantiated cock and bull stories going round.”
Indications emerged yesterday that Magu may lose his position unless President Muhammadu Buhari changes his mind.
Vanguard newspaper reported that the EFCC boss may be asked to pursue further studies in order to advance his career in the Nigeria Police Force where he is already a commissioner, as the Presidency has vetted two top police chiefs as replacement.
The medium also claimed that the EFCC chairman who had defied all odds to cling to his job, despite being denied confirmation by the Senate, is likely to be given a dignified exit out of the job by the Presidency so as not to be seen as having been ‘used and dumped’ by the Buhari administration.
A Presidency top official, who is privy to the plan, had told Vanguard that Magu was likely to be asked to proceed on further studies at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Jos, where top bureaucrats are groomed for higher offices.
Vanguard gathered that aside from Vice President Osinbajo, Magu no longer enjoys the support of most influential figures in the Presidency.
“The plan to remove him has reached an advanced stage and nobody except the President himself can stop the hand of the ticking clock,” said a top Presidency official who did not want to be named.
Vanguard was also told that as the plot to oust Magu thickened, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has begun moves to stall his removal from office, describing him as the face of the Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
It was gathered that Osinbajo had already gone behind those planning to remove him to tell Buhari that any attempt to remove Magu would stifle the corruption fight and send a wrong signal to the international community, which had been hailing Nigeria in the past.
One of those close to Magu said the acting chairman was aware of the plot but had resigned to fate, hoping that President Buhari would save his job.
An EFCC official confirmed, yesterday, that Magu was saddened by the move to remove him, despite putting his life and career on the line to fight for the country.
The official cited the prosecution and conviction of no fewer than 317 corrupt elements in the country between January and December 2018.