Detention of Magu Violates National And International Law – Rights Group

THE Federal Government has been asked to either charge the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission –EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to court or release him, so he can continue doing his job without fear of reprisals.

Magu was whisked away by security operatives on Monday. He was grilled by a panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari hours later. The panel was to investigate alleged infractions in the EFCC.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project – SERAP, however, on Tuesday, said that it was wrong for the authorities to keep Magu in detention under suspicious circumstances.

SERAP therefore, asked in a statement that Magu be charged “with a recognizable criminal offence” or, be released “immediately.”

“Nigerian authorities cannot continue to keep Magu in detention under suspicious circumstances without bringing any legitimate charges against him in violation of national and international law,’’ part of the statement said.

“Nigerian authorities must support the independence and freedom of action of anti-corruption agencies and institutions if they are to be able to genuinely fight grand corruption, which has for many years turned public service for many into a kind of criminal enterprise.”

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