Magu accuses Sun Newspaper of libel, seeks N5 billion

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu
Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has accused the Sun Newspaper of libel, and is demanding a N5 billion naira compensation.

Wilson Uwujaren, Head Media and Publicity, EFCC, said this on Thursday in a statement in Abuja.

He said Mr. Magu was seeking the compensation for “libellous imputations and statements” made against him in a story published in the March 25, 2017 edition of the Saturday Sun.

“The publication was captioned “Magu Under Fresh Probe over 2 Abuja Mansions”.

The spokesman said that Mr. Magu’s solicitor, Wahab Shittu, noted in a letter that the authors of the story “willfully and maliciously made false, destructive, and defamatory statements” against him.

He said that the paper quoted unidentified sources.

Mr. Uwujaren said the writers of the “offensive” report, had maliciously alleged that Mr. Magu owned “two mansions on different streets in highbrow Maitama area of Abuja”.

“This is a case which they could not substantiate, and which in fact was false, and nothing but the figments of their imaginations.

Mr. Magu denied owning a property in Maitama.

The Sun said it would inform its lawyers to examine the veracity of Mr. Magu’s case.

“There’s nothing I want to say about that other than that if there’s any letter from Mr. Magu the company will invite its lawyers who will look at the issue,” Femi Babafemi, editor of Saturday Sun whose title was responsible for the story, told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Friday afternoon.

When asked, specifically, if the newspaper stood by its report, Mr. Babafemi said, “I’ve just told you what I need to tell you.”


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  • Harry

    Magu in search of his last big pay day.

    • Adijat Saka-Shonde

      There is nothing like ‘in search of his last big pay’ here. If the story cannot be corroborated, it amounts to a defamation of character. Freedom of expression or even freedom of the Press itself should not be abused. At times, we need to put ourselves in people’s shoe to know where the shoe pinches. Too sad we revel in calumny!

    • Julius

      Let them meet in court. I don’t think this is all about money. If they did the man wrong they will pay and if not, they all go free. This will not be an easy case because the paper has the right to publish their story without prejudice .

  • Musa M. Dantsoho

    This was the step Magu should have taken long time before now to deal with jaundiced minded publishers.

    • Otile

      Why can’t Imam Buhari make a decent appointment once in his life? Look at his inner cabinet, look at his cabal relatives. Do you like what you see?

      • Musa M. Dantsoho

        You alone believe Buhari didn’t make decent appointment.

        • Otile

          You know them too. Dan uwarna, gaskiya ne.

        • Julius

          No mind the moron. Na bad belle dey kill am.

      • Julius

        Chei moron, what’s the topic ?

        • Otile

          Idiot_are you the moron that appointed Magu? Just say you can’t understand the epistemological linkages of events concerning the topic. Illiterate banza, do you understand good English?

          • Julius

            lol@epistemological . Jesus, help me. Why are you trying so hard pretending that you are an intellectual ? Yep, you and Dino be classmates ..o ma se oo !

          • Otile

            Do you understand the word at all? While you continue to show off your insults I will continue to teach you good knowledge. If you behave yourself you will imbibe a lot of knowledge from me. Just pipe down and learn, you are doing it a hard. Despite your ingratitude I will continue to educate you for we know that people like you with little education are dangerous.

          • Julius

            Ha, your sense of humor stinks. You and the word knowledge do not belong in the same sentence. What can anybody learn from a retard like you ? The knowledge of getting a U S visa for a known drug convict or the intellectual knowledge of lying and pronouncing somebody dead when he wasn’t ? The knowledge of hatred for others ? The knowledge of blaming others for your failures in life ? Above all the knowledge of being a faggot ? A wet back knowledge is of no use for me. Gtfo!

  • Aminu Baba

    From the tone of Femi Babafemi (no confidence), it seems he is not sure SUN is on solid grounds. That would put his editorial ability to question. Most probably some corrupt mugus are enticing his staff to surreptitious use the paper to fight back the anti corruption crusade

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    This is the first profitable business for Magu in his career. The amount is rather small. The owner of that newspaper can pay that amount and still carry on with the business of hate. Perhaps Magu should also sue the senate for rejecting him on the basis of a fabricated and unsubstantiated security report. He would have legitimately saved enough for his retirement after service.

  • ilubarde

    In a democracy, an independent judiciary protects the constitutional rights of its citizens. Magu has the power and the ‘might’ to deal with the Sun and its hirelings. But, being law-abiding, he has chosen to approach the courts.

    This decision of Magu, rather than crude resort to unlawful force, should be applauded by all peace-loving Nigerians.

  • obiora

    But this Government are paying whistle blowers.

  • obiora

    But this Government is encouraging whistle Blow.