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Former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has clarified the controversies surrounding a raid conducted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on his residence in 2017.

The former head of state made the clarification in a statement issued and signed by his military assistant, J. Mfon, Abubakar, on Thursday saying that the operatives of the anti-graft agency erroneously raided his guest house.

He, however, stated that the agency did not conduct any search on the property.

The statement was in reaction to reports that the suspended Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, conducted a recent search in his Minna residence.

The statement read in part, “Sometime in 2017 operatives of the Commission from Kano zone came to Minna to search a house in Tunga. The team ended up at Abdulsalami Abubakar Guest House in Minna and told the security officers on duty that they had instructions from their zonal head to search the property.

“The officers said since the numbering of houses in Tunga was haphazard, it must be a case of mistaken identity. When CP Magu was contacted, he said he was not aware of the operation. Thereafter, the EFCC team from Kano left. His Excellency’s understanding is that they realised they came to the wrong address. However, no search was conducted in the guest house.”

Magu is a facing a presidential panel over allegations of embezzlement and misconduct preferred against him by the Attorney General of the Federation.


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