Magu disowns Akpabio
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it has been drawn to a recorded audio conversation attached to a report with the caption: “EFCC Detains Brother of Former Akwa Ibom State Governor Ibanga Akpabio,” which appeared in the November 2, 2016 on online news portal, Sahara Reporters, allegedly featuring two Akwa Ibom State politicians, Ibanga Akpabio and a certain Osong.
In the said audio recording, a voice purporting to be Akpabio could be heard dropping the names of some security chiefs, including the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim 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.
But in a statement on Wednesday, the EFCC said: “The Commission wishes to state that the claims in this tape especially as it affects Mr. Magu are patently false. The EFCC boss has never met 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.”