Magu came under intense public scrutiny after his recruitment result accommodated over 75 percent of northerners, a move that was described to be unconstitutional.
A statement released by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) reads that “we call on the relevant committees of the National Assembly and indeed the hierarchies of the two chambers of the National Assembly to investigate the allegations published by an Abuja based national daily which discovered that apart from the fact that 75 percent of the shortlisted candidates are from the North, several of such candidates bore the same family names. This is an unmitigated scandal of monumental proportions which mustn’t be swept under the carpets. This unpardonable impunity must be investigated and the top management of this agency sanctioned appropriately because what has been done is extensively damaging and indeed goes to uproot the foundational integrity of that agency of law enforcement.
“It is important that this vital agency of government charged with the statutory responsibility of waging a fight against economic crimes is not allowed to get away with such monumental economic scam of dominating the workforce with persons from a section of Nigeria to the total negation of
the Federal Character Principles enshrined in Section 14 (3) which says –The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few State or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies.”
A source told Global News that the National Assembly is aware of the allegations, and is expected to beam its searchlight on the matter soon.
The allegation corroborated criticisms that President Muhammadu Buhari government is guilty of appointing more northerners to key positions at the expense of their Southeast counterparts.
Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been widely condemned for the recent controversial recruitment exercise he conducted for the anti-graft agency, and he is likely to be quizzed by the National Assembly.