The Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Venture (SERAP) has expressed considerations over the arrest of appearing chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
SERAP stated that Magu might need been arrested because of a “power-play on the highest ranges of presidency”.
The EFCC boss continues to be being detained in police custody on the orders of a presidential panel probing alleged infractions towards him.
On Tuesday, SERAP’s Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare, stated: “The reported assertion by a member of PACAC appears to recommend that Magu’s arrest could also be politically motivated and goals to undermine the independence and freedom of motion of the EFCC”.
The physique test stated if true, it might make a mockery of President Muhammadu Buhari’s often-repeated dedication to combat grand corruption and the impunity of perpetrators.
SERAP urged the authorities to afford Magu his constitutionally and internationally assured truthful trial rights.
It acknowledged that Magu should both be charged with a recognizable felony offence or launched instantly and allowed to do his job with out concern of reprisals.
The physique stated Nigerian authorities can not proceed to maintain Magu in detention below suspicious circumstances with out bringing any respectable fees towards him in violation of nationwide and worldwide legislation.
It added that they have to assist the independence and freedom of motion of anti-corruption businesses and establishments if they’re to have the ability to genuinely combat grand corruption.
“Nigerian authorities ought to deal with addressing the affect of corruption comparable to political violence, and denial of entry for thousands and thousands of Nigerians to even probably the most primary well being and schooling companies, in addition to different patterns of human rights violations.”
SERAP insisted that bettering the independence of anti-corruption businesses and establishments is probably the most promising technique to make tangible progress within the combat towards corruption now and within the close to future.