Former Military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar has admitted that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the leadership of the suspended Ibrahim Magu actually came to his Abuja residence as reported in the media recently.
However, the former Head of State said the EFCC operatives came to his house ‘by mistake,’ adding that they did not conduct a search.
He disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in reaction to the report that the embattled acting chairman of the EFCC recently conducted a search on his house.
According to him, his house has never been searched either by the anti-graft agency or any other security outfit.
J Mfon, an assistant to Abdulsalami who signed the statement, said the former head of state felt the need to provide the clarification due to the insinuations in the media that he has a hand in the arrest and suspension of Ibrahim Magu, former acting chairman of the EFCC.
“However, sometime in 2017 operatives of the Commission from the Kano zone came to Minna to search a house in Tunga. The team ended up at His Excellency’s Guest House in Minna and told the security officers on duty that they had instructions from their zonal head to search the property.
“The officers said since the numbering of houses in Tunga was haphazard, it must be a case of mistaken identity. When CP Magu was contacted, he said he was not aware of the operation. Thereafter, the EFCC team from Kano left. His Excellency’s understanding is that they realised they came to the wrong address. However, no search was conducted in the guest house.
“His Excellency, as a rule, does not comment on media publications directed at or concerning him. He has taken this step in view of the reactions these reports are generating. His Excellency felt the need to provide this important clarification due to the ongoing media frenzy insinuating His Excellency’s role in Magu’s issue,” Mfon wrote.