Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says corruption allegations levelled against him are nonsense.
Mr Magu made the remarks after regaining freedom from detention Wednesday evening. He is accused of re-looting recovered assets, insubordination and misconduct by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
Last week Monday, he was arrested, grilled and detained on the orders of a presidential panel constituted to probe his activities while he held sway at the anti-graft agency.
Speaking to The Nation Newspapers after his release, the anti-graft czar thanked Nigerians for their support while he was being detained, vowing that the fight against corruption must continue wether he leads it or not.
Magu also said he sees his travails as one of the hazards of leading the fight against graft.
“As for me, I will forever wage war against corruption. I urge Nigerians to continue to support the fight against corruption,” the embattled EFCC boss detained for over a week said.
“They should not give up on the fight because corruption kills a nation faster than any other thing. It is not a personal fight. Whether I am EFCC Chairman or not, the anti-corruption war must continue.
“What I have gone through is a case of dog eats dog but I see it as one of those risks of the job. But we must not give up in any way.
“They are nonsense. They are mere trump up allegations to tarnish my image and that of the EFCC. I did not steal or divert or convert funds to private use. I read the allegations and I was shocked.
“I thank Nigerians for their support, they should not be discouraged. I am happy to be back, I believe the war against corruption is winnable,” he added.