From Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation
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Appearing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, who’s beneath investigation by a presidential panel, has requested bail from custody.
He has spent the fourth day on the Power Legal investigation Division (FCID).
Magu has been detained on the FCID since Monday when he first appeared earlier than the panel.
The presidential panel is probing Magu for allegations of misconduct levelled in opposition to him by Minister of Justice and Lawyer-Normal Abubakar Malami.
Additionally on Thursday, 16 high officers of EFCC and the Nigeria Monetary Intelligence Unit (NFIU), appeared earlier than the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel sitting in Abuja.
Amongst these grilled are: Secretary to the EFCC Mr. Ola Oloyede, Director of Operations Mr. Mohammed Umar and a former Director of Organisational assist – now a Commissioner of Police – Bolaji Salami.
A supply mentioned: “The committee gave the EFCC chiefs one week deadline to submit the listing of circumstances investigated and prosecuted since 2015.
“I feel the committee is within the standing of every case. The sectional heads promised to satisfy up with the timeline.”
It was learnt that Magu returned to the detention facility in FCID about 8pm.
Investigation confirmed that attorneys defending Magu made an oral submission for his bail.
They pleaded with the committee to prevail on Inspector-Normal of Police to launch Magu on bail as a result of it’s his elementary proper.
A supply mentioned: “On the sitting of the panel, Magu’s counsel utilized for bail. For the reason that panel didn’t order his detention, it suggested the attorneys to deal with their request to Inspector-Normal of Police Mohammed Adamu.
“Though a member mentioned the Chairman of the panel may act on the panel, nonetheless, mentioned it’s the IG’s duty.
The lawyer argued that “aside from being on the grounds of elementary human rights, the applying for bail was borne out of Magu being a senior police officer.
“Ordinarily, Magu should be detained on the Police Officers Mess pending the conclusion of investigation not behind the counters because the case is for the time being.
“On his first day in FCID custody, he slept on a chair all through the evening. He opted to remain in a cell however he was requested to sleep in an workplace. For security causes, he selected to sleep on a chair.”
“Magu is showing earlier than a fact-finding panel, there isn’t any justification for detaining him,” his counsel mentioned.
A member of the committee mentioned Magu was being “detained primarily based on directive.”
Following the counsel’s submission, members of the committee, in line with sources, requested Magu and his counsel to go away the listening to room for some minutes.
However no choice was taken on the bail request.
Magu additionally denied giving N4billion to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Sources quoted Magu as saying: “I didn’t inform the panel that I gave the Vice President N4 billion. The place will I get such cash? Do I’ve entry to such funds? It’s a part of mudslinging. Please clear this. I wouldn’t have any management of such money, I didn’t order the switch of N4 billion to the VP or to anyone.
“The title of the Vice President by no means got here up on the panel’s session in any respect. For the reason that VP was not a problem, I couldn’t have talked about that I gave him N4 billion.”
The Vice President on Thursday requested the Inspector-Normal of Police to research malicious tweets on the alleged N4billion given to him by Magu.
Osinbajo made the demand in a July 9 petition to the IG, signed by his attorneys, Prof. Taiwo Osipitan and Abimbola Kayode.
The petition reads: “The above referred malicious tweets and publications have been made on a public platform on a Twitter account with over forty-six thousand followers, a few of whom have re-tweeted identical a whole lot of occasions, as on the time of penning this petition. As well as, the false allegations have elicited responses focused on the vp starting from shock, outrage, to feedback that forged aspersion on the integrity of the Vice President.
”The tweets and reactions thereto have additionally been circulated extensively on different social media platforms together with Fb and WhatsApp, in addition to different on-line web sites together with Newsreel with the caption “EFCC PROBE VP Osinbajo Allegedly Indicted Over N4billion Recovered Loot Diversion” out there at https://newsreel.com.ng/2020/07/08/efcc-probe-vp-osinbajo-allegedly-indicted-over-n4billion-recovered-Ioot-diversion/; and YouTube at https://www.Youtube.com/watch?v
”Our instruction is that the above statements printed by Mr. Jackson Ude are false in each materials respect and identical are designed to injure the repute of our Shopper. Copies of the publications are hereby connected for ease of reference and essential investigation.
”These vicious and malicious publications are supposed to obtain one goal solely, to symbolize to his readership and others (Nigerians and Foreigners) that our Shopper is a dishonest and disloyal public officer and consequently unfit for the place of Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which he’s occupying.
”We’re of the view that until an motion for prison defamation is commenced in opposition to the mentioned Mr. Jackson Ude, he’ll proceed to make use of his social media platform to publish supplies which can be false and criminally defamatory of our Shopper’s repute.
”In view of the above, we humbly request that you simply trigger the above allegations, made in opposition to our Shopper, to be investigated and if the recommended investigation confirms our criticism of the falsehood of those allegations, to provoke prison proceedings pursuant to the provisions of Sections 391 — 395 of the Penal Code Act for Legal Defamation in opposition to the mentioned Jackson Ude.”