The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, says he has only one house in Karu, Abuja, as against the two houses the Department of State Services (DSS) claimed his wife has in the Maitama area of the Federal Capital Territory.
Magu made this clarification on Thursday in his response to the allegations of the Sun Newspaper made against him in a publication published on March 25, 2017, titled: Magu Under Fresh Probe, which claimed two houses located at a high brow area in Maitama, Abuja, were traced to his wife.
The anti-graft agency Chairman had sued the newspaper for a series of publications which he said were libellous and had damaged his character both nationally and internationally.
Magu dragged the publishers of the newspaper before an Ikeja High Court, claiming N5 billion in damages, and also demanding that the Sun Newspapers publish an apology and also retract the libellous publications.
“The publication is totally false; “even if I have the money, I would not buy houses in Maitama, ” Magu said while being led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Wahab Shittu.
“They said the houses are located in the Darrubbe and Missouri area of Maitama and that they belong to my wife.
“My wife Fatima Yakaka Magu is a civil servant and cannot afford to buy houses in Maitama.
“I am an international man and the publication has damaged my reputation. The name Magu does not only end with me and the publication caused a whole lot of trauma for my lineage,” Magu said.
While being cross-examined by counsel to the defendant, (Sun Newspapers), Charles Enwelunta, the EFCC boss said his wife is not a party in the suit he filed against the defendant.
“Are you sure you read the story very well?” Enwelunta asked the anti-graft agency Chairman.
“Yes I read it over an over again and they did not say DSS was investigating my wife,” Magu said.