By Dipo Olowookere
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, has dissociated himself from a recorded audio conversation attached to a report with the caption, EFCC Detains Brother of Former Akwa Ibom State Governor Ibanga Akpabio, which appeared today, November 2, 2016 on the online news portal, Sahara reporters, allegedly featuring two Akwa Ibom politicians, Ibanga Akpabio and a certain Osong.
In the said audio recording, a voice purporting to be Mr Akpabio could be heard dropping the names of some security chiefs including Mr Magu and boasting about the supposed EFCC boss’ willingness to help deal with his purported political adversaries in Akwa Ibom state, especially a certain Robinson Uwak.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the EFCC said it “wishes to state that the claims in this tape especially as it affects Mr Magu are patently false.”
It said Mr Magu has never met Mr Ibanga Akpabio all his life and could not have been party to any violent scheme to settle unknown political scores in Akwa Ibom State.
“Indeed, if Magu were Akpabio’s Man-Friday as he would have his ‘friend’ believe, he would not today be a suspect answering to charges of fraud before the Commission.
“Members of the public are therefore enjoined to disregard the recorded conversation as plain braggadocio,” the commission said in the statement.
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