Human Rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has said the the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has been given the same treatment he has meted out to others.
Ozekhome in a statement on Tuesday said the travels of the anti graft boss is a sad reminder that power is temporary and therefore the need to exercise caution while wielding it.
“Last night, Magu was given his usual dolled-out treatment. He was detained at a cold Police cell at the Police Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja. He was even accosted on the way from his EFCC’s Formella Street office, Abuja, and driven away to Aso Villa, to face the presidential panel probing him on his alleged corruption infractions. The erstwhile roaring lion could not believe it. The chicken has finally come home to roost. The proud pursuer is now being pursued. The assumed victor has become the victim.
“This is a tragic reminder of the urgent need for temporary power wielders to act with moderation, modesty, circumspection and humility.
“This shows the transience and ephemerality of raw might and strength! The vanity and vain gloriousness of the illusion and delusion of grandeur of power and influence”, he said.
Ozekhome described anti corruption war under Magu as lopside, he called on Nigerians not to subject the embattled EFCC boss to the same media trial he dished out to others.
“The fact that he did it to others did not and does not mean it was right. Two wrongs can never make a right. As I argued again and again, like a broken record, the anti- corruption ‘war ‘ was never a regenerative and ethics-defining resurgimento war. It was purely a score -settler against rights activists, the opposition, public critics, plural voices and dissenters.
“The breeze has finally blown and the smelly backside of the fowl has been exposed. The following days and weeks will open up new vistas, the Pandora boxes and closed cupboards of decaying skeletons”, he added.