Former head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar says his house has never been raided by Financial Crimes Commission operatives.
Some EFCC operatives came to his guest house in error in 2017, he said, but did not conduct any property searches.
The ex-head of state disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in reaction to the report that the embattled acting chairman of the EFCC recently conducted a search on his house.
Abdulsalami Abubakar said his house has never been searched either by the anti-graft agency or any other security outfit.
The statement was signed by his military assistant, J Mfon, said the former head of state felt the need to provide clarification because of media insinuations that he had a hand in the arrest and suspension of former EFCC acting chairman Ibrahim Magu.
The statement reads in part, “The attention of His Excellency General Abdulsalami A Abubakar has been drawn to reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) searched his house in Minna, Niger State, on the orders of its Acting Chairman, CP Ibrahim Magu, and HE feels the need to put the record straight: HIS HOUSE HAS NEVER BEEN SEARCHED BY EITHER EFCC OR ANY SECURITY AGENCY.
“However, sometime in 2017 operatives of the Commission from Kano zone came to Minna to search a house in Tunga. The team ended up at His Excellency’s Guest House in Minna and told the security officers on duty that they had instructions from their zonal head to search the property.
“The officers said since the numbering of houses in Tunga was haphazard, it must be a case of mistaken identity. When CP Magu was contacted, he said he was not aware of the operation. Thereafter, the EFCC team from Kano left. His Excellency’s understanding is that they realised they came to the wrong address. However, no search was conducted in the guest house.
“His Excellency, as a rule, does not comment on media publications directed at or concerning him. He has taken this step in view of the reactions these reports are generating. His Excellency felt the need to provide this important clarification due to the ongoing media frenzy insinuating His Excellency’s role in Magu’s issue.”
On Monday, July 6, 2020, the EFCC’s acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was detained at the entrance of the EFCC’s Wuse II office by security agents suspected to be operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CID) police force.
The former EFCC chairman was arrested and suspended after he was accused of corruption by Federation attorney general Abubakar Malami.