The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday wrote a letter to the publisher of Sun Newspaper, seeking a N5 billion compensation over “libellous imputations and statements” made against him in a story published in the March 25, 2017 edition of Saturday Sun.
EFCC sspokesman Wilson Uwajaren, in a statement on Thursday, said that the paper quoted unidentified sources.
He added that the writers of the report alleged that Magu owned two mansions on different streets in highbrow Maitama area of Abuja which Magu immediately stated was false.
“This is a case which they could not substantiate, and which in fact was false, and nothing but the figments of their imaginations,” he said.
He added that Magu wants the publishers to issue a public apology and immediate retraction of these false statements within the next seven days in addition to the demand for N5 billion compensation. He added that the apology must also be published on the front page of the newspaper.
The publication was captioned “Magu Under Fresh Probe over 2 Abuja Mansions”.
The spokesman said that Magu’s solicitor, Wahab Shittu, noted in the letter, that the authors of the story, Fred Itua, James Ojo and Lawrene Enyoghasu “wilfully and maliciously made false, destructive, and defamatory statements” against him.