Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, found himself in an awkward position on Monday, November 12, 2018, when a journalist asked him about corruption allegations often aimed at APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Magu was giving a scorecard of his agency’s work at a press conference which held at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Afterward, journalists assailed the anti-corruption czar with questions.
“When would Magu probe Tinubu?”
‘When will Magu probe Tinubu who had claimed, ahead of the Osun governorship election, that he was richer than the entire Southwest state?’, one journalist inquired.
Tinubu belongs to the president’s governing political party and allegations bordering on the source of his wealth since he left office as governor of Lagos in 2007, have dominated grapevine and beer parlour chatter for decades.
The allegations remain unproven, however.
He can only act on allegations contained in a petition, and not on hearsay.
And then he challenged the journalist to forward him a petition containing Tinubu’s alleged dubious dealings and illicit accumulation of wealth.
“You know what? If you are really interested, write a petition and see whether I won’t act. Go and write a petition and substantiate in the petition and find out if I won’t act.
“It is not for us to listen to people on radio and begin to act. Yes, we have intelligence but the surest way to get action is to go and write a petition and substantiate the contents of the petition and see whether I will not act”, Magu said.