Lawyer Withdraws Suit Against Magu’s Confirmation As EFCC Chairman

Ibrahim Magu, EFCC Chairman
Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a lawyer who had instituted a lawsuit against the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has withdrawn the case from the Federal High Court Lagos.

Adegboruwa wanted the court to order the Senate not to confirm Magu’sappointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, because of what he described as the EFCC chairman’s corrupt practices and lavish lifestyle.

At the hearing on Monday, Tayo Oyetibo, a senior advocate of Nigeria,appeared in court for Adegboruwa, while Wahab Shittu led Rotimi Oyedepo for the respondents.

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Oyetibo told the court having gone through the case file, he had decided to persuade the plaintiff to drop the case, as a mark of encouragement for the administration’s anti-corruption campaign.

He stated that there was need to give Magu the opportunity to continue leading the anti-corruption campaign of the present administration.

Confirming this position Adegboruwa said that he was persuaded by his counsel who assured him that Magu, in his second coming, will do a good job, and would be more adherent to the rule of law.

Shittu in his response said the respondents were not opposed to the withdrawal of the case and that they were very happy on the position of Adegboruwa, which would surely boost the anti-corruption war of the Buhari/Osinbajo administration.

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He said that the government needs the input and support of lawyers and activists like Adegboruwa, in order to bring their wealth of experience to bear on the fight again corruption.

Adegboruwa later told reporters that he was not intimidated by anyone to withdraw the case adding that he was genuinely persuaded, given recent revelations of alleged corrupt practices.

He maintained that the reason he filed the suit in the first place was due to the manner at which the so -called anti-corruption campaign was being carried out which appears selective and most times, against due process of law.

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He also pointed out that his decision to withdraw the case did not amount to an endorsement of the Buhari/Osinbajo regime, but said he only picked a positive aspect of the regime’s policies for his conditional support.