Abdusalami Abubakar Breaks Silence On EFCC Raid Of His House

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A former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has reacted to the claim that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) raided and searched his home in Minna, Niger State.

Olusegun Adeniyi, chairman of THISDAY editorial board had in his weekly column in the paper, claimed that the EFCC under Magu, who is now suspended as the commission’s acting chairman, searched the house of the retired general.

The report claimed that the ransacking of the home of Abubakar was part of Magu’s mistakes that led to his current travails.

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But reacting in a statement issued on Thursday and signed by his media assistant, J Mfon, a retired army captain, the former Head of State said that the EFCC at no time raided and searched any of his homes.

He said operatives from the anti-graft agency went to his guest house in error, but didn’t conduct any search of the property.

“Sometime in 2017 operatives of the Commission from 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,” part of the statement read.

Magu is under investigation by a presidential committee over several allegations of embezzlement and misconduct.

The suspended EFCC boss allegedly been unable to account for billions of recovered loots.

He has since been replaced by the agency’s Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar.

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