The Presidency has said the eligibility of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, for promotion in the Nigerian Police will depend on the outcome of the panel that probed his tenure as the EFCC boss.
The position of the Presidency was contained in a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Thursday.
He was reacting to a publication in a newspaper (not The Eagle Online) and the response of the Peoples Democratic Party to the issue.
The PDP had accused the Presidency of moving to promote Magu despite the outcome of his probe yet unknown.
Shehu denied the involvement of President Muhammadu Buhari in the promotion carried out by the Police Service Commission.
He said Magu’s fate depends on the outcome of the investigation of the Justice Ayo Salami-led probe panel.
He said: “We will be happy if your paper can correct the misinformation published, that President Buhari has ordered the promotion of Commissioner of Police Ibrahim Magu.
“As you can see, the PDP has taken off from there, issuing one of those thoughtless press releases of theirs. President Buhari, or any Nigerian President for that matter is not responsible for promotions in the Police.
“That is the business of the PSC.
“In the case of the gentleman in question, who is currently under investigation, common sense dictates that his eligibility will be determined by that outcome.
“The PSC could have given you the correct position on this if there was an effort to reach them.”