By Adenike Lucas
The President of the largest Igbo business group wants President Muhammadu Buhari to give Ibrahim Mustafa Magu the boot, after his recent faillings in the arrest of Innocent Chukwuma, CEO of Innoson Vehicles.
Mr Magu, a corrupt officer, remains the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC even after his nomination was rejected by the Senate.
The Borno Officer, said to have authorised the arrest of Chief Chukwuma on the orders of Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB, which had inappropriately deducted N 786,205,955.99 from the accounts of Innoson Motor from 2004 – 2011, is facing constant petition demanding for his sack.
The latest was the blunder caused following the arrest of the Igbo industrialist, Chief Chukwuma.
A spokesperson stated that the CEO of Nigeria’s indigenous car manufacturers was not given a formal invitation before the gestapo arrest at his home in Enugu on December 19.
Christian Duru and Chinwe Eboh, the President and Secretary of Global Igbo Alliance, GIA, made a call for Mr Magu’s dismissal in a statement sent today.
“We maintain that it is not ordinary that the EFCC would stoop so low and involve itself in a disagreement between a businessman and a bank even when the matter is already in the court of law. We are afraid that democracy and the rule of law are constantly being eroded and eluded through a type of government that tends to enslave a section of its country and uses or encourages her security agencies to silence, oppress and intimidate or even kill her citizens, who have different or opposing viewpoints. Such government should not only be voted out of office, but its officers should not be allowed to get away with such impunity.
“We hereby demand that the Federal Government sack the acting chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu and set up a neutral body to probe all the activities of the EFCC since the inception of this current government. We demand that the EFCC operative that physically assaulted Chief Chukwuma’s wife be charged to court and prosecuted accordingly. We also demand that the Federal Government and EFCC must immediately tender a public apology to the Innoson boss for such public embarrassment and horror that he and his family were subjected to by the anti-graft agency.”