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EFCC Performing Boss, Magu Detained In a single day as Questioning Continues (Particulars)

Ibrahim Magu


The Performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu was detained final evening as he testified earlier than a panel wanting into allegations levelled towards him by Lawyer-Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), in line with a report by TheNation.


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


The report additional revealed that he was whisked away from the Presidential Villa, the place he was interrogated to the Power Legal 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 house behind the Hilux.


The police workforce persuaded him to take a seat 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 mild of the continuing investigation, it grew to become expedient to detain Magu on the FCID. We don’t want 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.”


It was additionally learnt final evening that Magu may be suspended from workplace.


“By not permitting him to return to his workplace was a sign that he may be 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 suggestion to take him into an workplace to remain the evening.

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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 received’t go and sleep in any workplace, I want to be in a cell. Kindly put me in a cell. That’s what Allah desires 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 Road whereas transferring 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 Legal Investigation Division (FCID).


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


Magu was on his option 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 hope 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.

“As an alternative of going to the Power Headquarters, Magu referred to 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 may be arrested or prosecuted.

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

“And true to his prediction, he bought the invitation to seem earlier than the panel.”


Investigation by our correspondent revealed a number of the allegations towards Magu by Malami.


A number of the 22 allegations are as follows:


-Alleged discrepancies within the reconciliation information of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds


-Declaration of N539billion as recovered funds as an alternative of N504b earlier claimed


-Insubordination to the workplace of the AGF by not looking for his approval on some selections


-Not offering sufficient proof for the extradition of ex-Minister of Petroleum Sources, 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 performing on two vessels seized by Nigerian Navy resulting in the lack of crude


-Alleged favouring of some investigators referred to as Magu’s Boys


-Reporting some judges to their presiding officers with out deferring to the AGF


-Alleged gross sales of seized property to cronies, associates and associates


-Alleged issuance of investigative actions to some media prejudicial to some instances.


A high 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 chances are you’ll accuse Magu of, it’s not corruption or self-enrichment.

“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 property, Magu by no means offered any property since he got here into workplace. As an alternative, 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 in the course of the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Magu solely investigated the legal facet as an alternative of supporting Settlement Settlement. And he gave the case all his energy to get the most effective for the nation.

“On the acceptable time, the main points of what Magu did in workplace and what actually transpired earlier than the panel can be identified to Nigerians for posterity.”


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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 option 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 workforce from the EFCC can be with him on the Panel.”



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