By Salawudeen Olawale
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has described the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, as a “great man” with integrity.
He said this at the 1st National Anti-Corruption Stakeholder’s Summit at the EFCC Academy in Abuja on Monday.
Ozekhome, whose N70m account has been frozen by the EFCC due to his links to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, thanked the EFCC for inviting him despite their differences.
The senior advocate, who had last week, challenged Magu’s legitimacy as the acting Chairman of the EFCC following his rejection by the Senate, said he had nothing against Magu as he had known the EFCC boss since 1997.
He said, “When I received the invitation to come for this summit, I was quite intrigued. I said to myself that Magu’s EFCC which had just seized my money from a court ordered unfrozen account is involving me. I said this man has a very large heart and I must attend it.
“Let me make this point clear, I don’t discuss individuals, I discuss institutions that is why I believe that our institutions should be strengthened and not individuals. I have known Magu and Lamorde since 1997/1998/1999 during the failed bank tribunals and these are great men.
“These are great men with integrity. So, when we disagree it is simply on how to move the nation forward. It has nothing to do with individuals or personalities. I still believe that he is a great man and a man of integrity.”
He, however, questioned the methods being employed by the commission regarding the fight against corruption.
Ozekhome joked that he would continue to defeat the EFCC in court because the problem the commission had was its shoddy method of investigation and not the judiciary.