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EFCC chair Magu detained

EFCC chair Magu detained – The Nation Nigeria

 

Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation

 

 

SOME OF THE ALLEGATIONS

Alleged discrepancies within the reconciliation data of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds
•Declaration of N539b as recovered funds as a substitute of N504b earlier claimed
•Insubordination to the Workplace of the AGF
•Not offering sufficient evidences for the extradition of Diezani Alison-Madueke
•Alleged late motion on the investigation of P&ID resulting in authorized dispute
•Not respecting courtroom order to unfreeze a N7b judgment in favour of a former govt director of a financial institution
•Alleged delay in appearing on two vessels seized by Navy
•Alleged favouring of some investigators known as Magu Boys
•Reporting some judges to their presiding officers with out deferring to the AGF
•Alleged sale of seized belongings to cronies, associates and buddies
•Alleged issuance of investigative actions to some media prejudicial to some instances

 

 

 

FOR hours on Monday, Performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu testified earlier than a panel wanting into allegations levelled in opposition to him by Lawyer-Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The panel is headed by Justice Isa Ayo Salami, a retired president of the Court docket of Attraction.

Magu was detained final evening after being quizzed by the panel.

He was whisked away from the Presidential Villa, the place he was interrogated to the Power Felony Investigation Division (FCID) at about 10.15pm shortly after the investigative panel ended its sitting.

His escort cell policemen and safety element have been stood down earlier than he was taken into custody.

It was learnt that shortly after rising from the sitting, Magu was led right into a ready  white Hilux van marked 371D.

Magu insisted on sitting within the open area in the back of the Hilux.

The police group persuaded him to sit down within the first cabin.

The ding-doing over his relocation to the FCID lasted about 25 minutes.

Magu was later allowed to go to the FCID in his official automobile.

A supply mentioned: “Within the gentle of the continuing investigation, it grew to become expedient to detain Magu on the FCID. We are not looking for him to return to the workplace whereas he’s being questioned, as a result of he’s prone to have one other session with the Justice Salami panel.”

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It was additionally learnt final evening that Magu is perhaps suspended from workplace.

“By not permitting him to return to his workplace was a sign that he is perhaps suspended.

“It’s apparent that the Presidency has concluded plans to search for a brand new candidate for the workplace,” the supply mentioned.

On the FCID round 10.50pm, Magu rejected a proposal to take him into an workplace to remain the evening.

He informed the officers in cost to deal with him like a suspect by placing him in a cell.

Sitting on a chair, he mentioned: “I gained’t go and sleep in any workplace, I desire to be in a cell. Kindly put me in a cell. That’s what Allah needs for me. I can’t query God.”

There was drama to Magu’s invitation earlier within the day. He was intercepted on the highway alongside Fomella Avenue whereas shifting out of the Wuse II workplace Annex of the EFCC in Abuja.

Invitation was then prolonged to him by a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) from the Power Felony Investigation Division (FCID).

The CSP’s car had a backup comprising a three-man safety group, who carefully watched the encounter.

Magu was on his method to the Power Headquarters. He pleaded with the officer to permit him to honour the scheduled appointment.

However he was informed the invitation by the panel was superior to his appointment.

At about 1.35pm, Magu arrived on the Villa.

The EFCC chairman, who went to the Villa together with his full escort and safety element, was not arrested or molested.

Whereas the session lasted, Magu had unfettered entry to his cellphones.

The panel was additionally well mannered as he was allowed to wish and given a free lunch.

A supply, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, mentioned: “The CSP was well mannered. He even allowed Magu to talk with an officer within the FCID to make sure that the invitation was real.

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“As a substitute of going to the Power Headquarters, Magu known as his lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, and headed for the Banquet Corridor of the Presidential Villa.”

The travails of the EFCC chairman began on Sunday evening when a supply, suspected to be a former EFCC official, posted on Fb that “subsequent week, Monday-Friday are black days to (sic) Mr. EFCC.”

The fb put up confirmed intelligence at Magu’s disposal that he is perhaps arrested or prosecuted.

One other supply added: “With the put up on Fb, Magu already had a mindset that yesterday is perhaps tough.

“And true to his prediction, he received the invitation to look earlier than the panel.”

Investigation by our correspondent revealed among the allegations in opposition to Magu by Malami.

Among the 22 allegations are as follows:

  • Alleged discrepancies within the reconciliation data of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds
  • Declaration of N539billion as recovered funds as a substitute of N504b earlier claimed
  • Insubordination to the workplace of the AGF by not searching for his approval on some choices
  • Not offering sufficient proof for the extradition of ex-Minister of Petroleum Assets, Diezani Alison-Madueke
  • Alleged late motion on the investigation of Course of and Industrial Improvement (P&ID) resulting in authorized dispute
  • Not respecting courtroom order to unfreeze a N7billion judgment in favour of a former Govt Director of First Financial institution
  • Alleged delay in appearing on two vessels seized by Nigerian Navy resulting in the lack of crude
  • Alleged favouring of some investigators known as Magu’s Boys
  • Reporting some judges to their presiding officers with out deferring to the AGF
  • Alleged gross sales of seized belongings to cronies, associates and buddies
  • Alleged issuance of investigative actions to some media prejudicial to some instances.

A prime supply mentioned: “Magu and his officers had spent the final two weeks taking a look at all of the allegations and compiled acceptable responses to them with paperwork.

“It’s the compendium of proof that he took to the panel to show his innocence. No matter you might accuse Magu of, it’s not corruption or self-enrichment.

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“All those that have labored with Magu know him for his incorruptibility. He’s additionally a hardliner who stepped on many toes. It’s good {that a} panel is wanting into the allegations.

“Take the case of gross sales of belongings, Magu by no means bought any belongings since he got here into workplace. As a substitute, the seized properties have been allotted to be used by authorities businesses.

“The P&ID matter preceded Magu in workplace as a result of the judgment debt was throughout the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Magu solely investigated the prison facet as a substitute of supporting Settlement Settlement. And he gave the case all his energy to get the perfect for the nation.

“On the acceptable time, the small print of what Magu did in workplace and what actually transpired earlier than the panel will probably be recognized to Nigerians for posterity.”

The Division of State Companies (DSS) denied arresting the EFCC boss.

The Public Relations Officer of DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya mentioned: “The Division of State Companies (DSS) needs to tell the general public that it didn’t arrest Ibrahim Magu, Performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) as has been reported by sections of the media.

“The Service has since sixth July, 2020, been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest.”

The EFCC confirmed that Magu went to the Villa to honour an invite.

An announcement by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Dele Oyewale mentioned: “Performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) Mr.  Ibrahim Magu on Monday honoured an invite by a Presidential Panel reviewing the actions of the EFCC, on the Banquet Corridor wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

”He was served the invitation to the Panel, whereas on his method to the Power Headquarters, Abuja for a gathering.

”The EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor pressured to honour the invitation.  A member of a authorized group from the EFCC can be with him on the Panel.”

 

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