The suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has explained why he declined to submit himself to the Code of Conduct Bureau, (CCB), to answer questions about his assets.
Magu, through his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, said it would be “impracticable” for him to face the CCB, when some documents relating to his declared assets, were inside his office as at the time he was arrested on the order of the Justice Isa Ayo Salami-led Presidential Judicial Commission of Inquiry that probed sundry allegations that were levelled against him.
He alleged that some of the documents the CCB asked him to produce before it were carted away by officers of the Department of State Service, (DSS), at the behest of the investigative panel, while he was in detention.
Shittu said it would be impossible for him to answer to questions or produce documents that are in possession of the DSS and the panel. He urged the Bureau to extend the invitation it issued to him, pending the return of the documents to him.
The Bureau said it was investigating a case of alleged breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers, that was brought against Magu. It said the summon was made pursuant to the mandate and power of the CCB, as enshrined in the 3 Schedule, Part 1, Parograph 3 (e) to the 1999 Constituton of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended; Section 137 (a) and (b) and 138 (a) and (b) of Penal Code Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 and Section 104 of evidence Act 2011.