EFCC Boss Ibrahim Magu Testifies In A N5bn Suit Against The Sun Newspaper
- says The Sun Newspaper Publication Tarnishes His Image
The unconfirmed Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
The Acting Chairman appeared before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja where he had filed a suit against The Sun Newspaper over a publication in 2017.
The Sun Newspaper published on March 25, 2017, titled ‘Magu under fresh probe,’ which claimed that two houses located in a highbrow area in Maitama, Abuja were traced to his wife and that he was under discreet investigation by the DSS.
Magu sued TSN for a series of publications which he believed to be industrious to his character
The EFCC unconfirmed boss dragged the Publisher of the newspaper before Justice Doris Okuwobi claimed N5bn damages and also demanded that The Newspapers should publish an apology and retract the alleged libellous publications.
Magu claimed that the publication against him was not true as he only had one house in the Kano area of Abuja against the Newspaper claiming that he had two houses which were traced to his wife by the Department of State Services (DSS)
Magu denied having two houses located in a highbrow area in Maitama, Abuja, and that he was not under any investigation by the DSS.
He said, “Since I came to the EFCC, nobody has investigated me. I am not under any probe, the publication is totally false. Even if I have the money, I wouldn’t buy houses in Maitama
“My wife is a civil servant. We only have one house sold to us in Karo, Abuja. The publication is completely untrue.
“I want to tell you the damage it has done to me. It was not done to me alone, it has gone down my lineage, the entire family, and it has done so much wrong. It has done so much damage.”.
During the cross-examination by the correspondent lawyer, Charles Enwelunta, Magu revealed that he was not bothered by Senate rejection, adding that its action only made him worked better than expected
He said, “I have been rejected by the Senate twice and it does not worry me that I’m not confirmed; I’m not bothered. It’s good that they did not confirm me, I may not be able to work very well as we have been able to get over 700 convictions.”
p>Justice Okuwobi adjourned the matter till February 28, 2,019 for further proceedings.