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I don’t have more than one house, Magu tells court


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu on Thursday told an Ikeja high court that he does not own two houses.

Mr Magu told the court that he has only one house which he said is situated in Karo, Abuja.

He stated this while being led in evidence by his counsel, Wahab Shittu before Justice Doris Okuwobi in a libel suit instituted against The Sun Newspaper.

Recall that Mr Magu had sued the publishers of the newspaper before the court, for series of libellous publication against his person, claiming N5 billion as damages in a letter written to the publishers of the newspaper.

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He had also demanded a public apology and retraction of the said libellous publication dated March 25, 2017 in The Sun Newspaper.

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The publication titled: “Magu Under Fresh Probe” had alleged that two houses located in a high brow area in Maitama, Abuja were traced to his wife by the Department of State Security, DSS.

He said The Sun publications damaged his person and character nationally and internationally.

Mr Magu contended that there was no iota of truth in the publication by The Sun newspaper.

“The publication is totally false. Even if I have the money, I wouldn’t buy houses in Maitama,” Mr Magu maintained.

“They said the houses are located in the Darrubbe and Missouri, Maitama and that they belong to my wife.

“My wife Fatima Yakaka Magu is a civil servant and cannot afford to buy houses in Maitama.

“I am international man and the publication has damaged my reputation. The name Magu does not only end with me. The publication caused a whole lot of trauma for my lineage,” Mr Magu said.

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However, while under cross examination by defence counsel, Charles Enwelunta, Mr Magu said his wife is not a party in the suit he filed against the defendant.

“Are you sure you read the story very well?” Mr Enwelunta asked Mr Magu.

“Yes I read it over and over again and they did not say DSS was investigating my wife,” Mr Magu said.

Mr Magu told the court that his appointment was to be confirmed by the Senate but that he does not know why the upper chamber declined to do so twice, when asked by the defence to name the arm of the government that was to confirm his appointment.

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He however said that he was not worried about the refusal of the Senate to confirm his appointment.

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The Nation reports that when Enwelunta took him up on his activities in the EFCC, Mr Magu maintained that he secure 200 convictions in court in respect of cases bordering on corruption.

He said the Senate was in a better position to say why they rejected him adding, “I have been there for three years and Nigerians are watching”.

Magu admitted knowing Inda Sule Moses, Lawal Mammah, Najeeb Iman and Adebayo Adeleke Rafiu with whom he faced the Senate during the screening exercise.

He said it was of no importance to him if there are forces trying to get him out of office. .

Justice Okuwobi has adjourned the matter till February 28, 2019 for further hearing.

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