Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Ibrahim Magu, Wednesday, vehemently denied content of a telephone conversation purportedly between Ibang Akpabio, brother to former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio and another party in which Ibang alleged that Magu is at his beck and call.
Magu in denying the allegation, Wednesday, said he had never met him nor spoken with him directly or through a third party.
In the purported conversation which has gone viral on social media, the governor’s brother was heard telling his companion that he had bought Magu and other top security chiefs in the country so he can deal ruthlessly with a former House of Representatives member, Robinson Uwak, who has accused him (Ibang) of dumping him of N10m.
He warned Uwak not to toy with him or prepared to get eliminated and his body dumped in a river.
Ibang, who is the Chairman of Akwa Ibom State PDP, boasted that he is known and feared by those close to him, including family member, and that anybody that has has crossed his way ever found it funny.
In a reaction that he has been pocketed by Ibang, Magu said: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been drawn to a recorded audio conversation attached to a report with the caption, EFCC Detains Brother of Former Akwa Ibom State Governor Ibanga Akpabio, which appeared today, November 2, 2016 on the online news portal, Sahara reporters allegedly featuring two Akwa Ibom politicians, Ibanga Akpabio and a certain Osong.
“In the said audio recording, a voice purporting to be Akpabio could be heard dropping the names of some security chiefs including the acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu and boasting about the supposed EFCC boss’ willingness to help deal with his purported political adversaries in Akwa Ibom state, especially a certain Robinson Uwak. “The Commission wishes to state that the claims in this tape especially as it affects Mr. Magu are patently false. The EFCC boss has never met Ibanga Akpabio all his life and could not have been party to any violent scheme to settle unknown political scores in Akwa Ibom State.
“Indeed, if Magu were Akpabio’s Man-Friday as he would have his ‘friend’ believe, he would not today be a suspect answering to charges of fraud before the Commission.
“Members of the public are therefore enjoined to disregard the recorded conversation as plain braggadocio.”
Meanwhile, the EFCC has detained Ibanga Akpabio at its Port Harcourt Zonal Office over alleged fraud worth N10m.
A statement by the EFCC’s Spokesman, Wilson Uwujarenm, said Ibanga Akpabio was arrested on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in connection with the sum of N10m which he allegedly collected from a potential investor in petroleum products.
According to EFCC, Akpabio reportedly approached the unnamed businessman to invest the money as equity in the purchase of petroleum products directly from a floating station belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
The former Akwa Ibom SUBEB boss allegedly assured the inventor that he had secured all necessary approvals for the running of the business and was paid the N10m through a Diamond Account being operated by Fastej Enterprises and neither kept faith with the business arrangements with the investor nor returned his money to him.
EFCC confirmed Akpabio was being detained and undergoing interrogation in the Port Harcourt Zonal office of the commission.