The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) must provide answers to all the allegations against him.
The PDP made its position known in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondian, its National Publicity Secretary, on Saturday.
According to the major opposition party, the response of the embattled EFCC czar to the allegations levelled against him will determine if Nigerians can have confidence again in the anti-graft agency.
The party claimed that Magu reduced the EFCC to a partisan organisation that engages in witch-hunt and thrives on violation of rules, abuse of investigation of processes, manipulation of court procedures and a vehicle to harass innocent Nigerians.
The statement read: “Magu should be made to provide answers to allegations in the public space that he was more interested in securing politically induced convictions rather than justice, for which he allegedly turned the EFCC into a terror house where innocent Nigerians are harassed with trumped-up charges and convicted on media trial even before being allowed to defend themselves in court.
“Nigerians can recall that under Magu the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, was bold to state that once a corrupt person joins the APC, all their sins are forgiven.
“There are also allegations of violation of rights, including allegedly making his victims give statements in custody without the services of their lawyers.”
The PDP called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to shield the embattled EFCC Chairman but ensure that he answers for his alleged offences.
The party also urged the judiciary to investigate the alleged connection between the indicted EFCC boss and certain judges handling EFCC cases.
It also asked the Federal Government to take decisive steps to restore the integrity of the EFCC by ensuring that Magu’s replacement is thoroughly screened to avoid the “ills and violations” experienced under the suspended acting chairman.