👤 Adenike Lucas, Editor, DENISAURUS News
Lawyers for Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, a special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, have threatened to sue Sahara Reporters for a fake report published about her.
Sahara Reporters, a website founded by Omoyele Sowore in 2006, stated that Mrs Ibekaku-Nwagwu has been indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
A statement that is false and was sent to them by Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the acting chairman of the commission.
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DENISAURUS News understands that Mr Magu, who is bitter about his failure to be confirmed as the fourth substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency has an habit of sponsoring propaganda through media allies.
Media allies of the 57-year-old Commissioner of Police, who are used to sponsor campaign against those he perceive to be his enemies, includes Sahara Reporters, whose publisher was once caught making a compromising comment about the Commission in a secret recording.
Mr Sowore, in the secret recording, bragged about being used to spread information for the EFCC.
“Hey bros, there is an issue, the EFCC is after you,” he said: “You know, I know them and I have friends there. I publish stories for them, actually they even serve as my informant about what is going on in government, so sometimes before some stories are out, they would pass on to me.”
“To kill all of these…” Mr Sowore explained that money would have to be spent in the EFCC. “Guys are waiting and will need 100 Million Naira,” he said.
Sources close to Mr Magu say that the story on Mrs Ibekaku-Nwagwu is to tarnish her image, and as revenge from the anti-graft boss against a former core staff who he believes would not compromise the fight against corruption.
A statement from Mrs Ibekaku-Nwagwu’s defence team says: “we have read with profound dismay a publication by Sahara Reporters, in which it alleged that Mrs. Ibekaku Nwagwu was indicted illegally and benefited from corrupt funds. We have conferred with Mrs. Ibekaku-Nwagwu and hereby state unequivocally that the publication is false in its entirety.”
Atuegwu Okafor notes that “the said publication that was published online and widely disseminated by Sahara Reporters to several papers, it claimed that EFCC has alleged that Mrs. Ibekaku-Nwagwu benefited from funds that was gifted to the Federal Ministry of Justice in 2011.
Mr Okafor suggested that Mrs Ibekaku-Nwagwu would take legal action against the New York based website, for quote unmerited sources in its report against her.
Mr Okafor also debunked the statement by Sahara Reporters that the Honourable Justice Funmilayo A. Ajayi of the Federal High Court Benin in Suit No. FHC/B/CS/103/2018 indicted Mrs Ibekaku Nwagwu in November 2019.
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“Since reading that report, we have made efforts to find out the source of the information as we only became aware of such story on the pages of the newspaper. The EFCC is yet to inform Mrs Ibekaku-Nwagwu of how she benefited personally from the funds and why her name was mentioned in a document that does not reflect the work she did for the Federal Ministry of Justice,” he said.
“Mrs Ibekaku-Nwagwu was only an Adviser to the Federal Ministry of Justice on Justice Reform in 2011 as she was on leave of absence from EFCC, her primary place of assignment. She was also providing support through the British High Commission to the Federal Ministry of Justice. She was never a staff of the Ministry of Justice.
“All her work was geared towards providing training to various departments in the Federal Ministry of Justice. She was also tasked with developing Justice Reform Plans for the Federal Ministry of Justice. She never had any approving or accounting role and therefore could not have benefitted from any fund personally,” she adds.