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Magu writes Salami panel, makes seven calls for

  • Needs to be launched on bail

  • Extra petitions emerge in opposition to suspended EFCC boss

  • IG withdraws policemen hooked up to Magu, EFCC

Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation/ Treasured Igbonwelundu


Lawyer to the suspended Performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, on Friday pleaded with the Presidential Investigation Committee to grant him bail.

He mentioned Magu wanted the bail as a result of the print and digital media had taken undue benefit of his detention to launch a marketing campaign of calumny in opposition to him.

He made six different calls for together with making the phrases of reference of the committee obtainable to Magu and giving him alternative to know the allegations in opposition to him.

He mentioned witnesses have been being referred to as and examined by the committee behind Magu’s again and on the similar time disallowing him and his counsel from taking part within the proceedings involving such witnesses.

Magu’s counsel, Mr. Wahab Shittu made the calls for in a July 10, 2020 letter of plea to the panel.

He mentioned: “We act as counsel of option to Mr. Ibrahim Mustapha Magu, the Ag. Chairman of the EFCC hereinafter known as “our Consumer” and on whose behalf and particular directions we write as follows:

“Our consumer has briefed and drawn our consideration to the letter dated sixth of July, 2020 ref No. PIC/AR/VOL.1/01 whereby he was knowledgeable as follows:

“The above-mentioned panel is investigating above listed offences through which you function prominently, and the necessity to receive clarification from you has turn into obligatory.

“You’re due to this fact directed to with quick impact accompany the Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Gabriel Elaigwu and crew to report back to the Chairman and members of the Committee immediately sixth July 2020.

“Guarantee compliance and receipt of my warmest regards please.”

Counsel mentioned that Magu, on receiving the mentioned letter “adopted the ACP Gabriel Elaigwu and crew to the Banquet Corridor, State Home Abuja and has since then been in custody and showing earlier than your esteemed Committee.”

Shittu mentioned since his look earlier than the panel, he had not been served petitions in opposition to him.

He added:” Mr. Chairman, for the reason that sixth of July, 2020 when our Consumer honored your invitation, he has been persistently making use of to the Committee to be given the petitions containing the allegations of Conspiracy, Corrupt Enrichment, Abuse of Workplace/Energy which request has not been honored or obliged until date.

“Our consumer has additionally knowledgeable us that he stays unaware of the phrases of reference of this distinguished Committee.

“Sir, our consumer has additionally drawn our consideration to the next:

” That he has been in detention and stored on the Drive Felony Investigation Division (FCID) of the Nigerian Police Drive, Space 10 Abuja for the reason that sixth of July until date with out being knowledgeable of the allegations leveled in opposition to him and the deserved alternative to timeously research and reply to similar.

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“That witnesses are referred to as and examined by the committee behind his again and with out permitting him and Counsel of his option to take part within the proceedings involving these witnesses.”

He mentioned Magu was being maligned within the media together with alleged retaining of secret accounts, acquisition of properties in Dubai and giving N4billion to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

He added: “That each print and digital media have taken undue benefit of the detention of our consumer to launch a marketing campaign of calumny in opposition to him spreading within the course of persistently extremely prejudicial, damaging and unfaithful allegations every day.

“These unfounded allegations which by no means featured within the proceedings of the committee so far embrace the allegation that our consumer gave the Vice President, Professional. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, the sum of N4billion and that our consumer maintains secret accounts, procured cronies to entrance for him and that he acquired properties in Dubai.

“These campaigns of calumny have significantly affected the ethical of our consumer and broken his hard-earned popularity and that of the Fee. That our Consumer on account of this marketing campaign of calumny has been paraded like a standard prison and subjected to all method of insults and embarrassment only for serving his nation diligently and effectively because the arrowhead of the anti-corruption agenda of this Administration.  “This unlucky growth taking place earlier than the dedication of the petitions by Honourable Committee with prejudicial penalties.”

The counsel made seven calls for from Salami panel.

He mentioned: “In view of our observations above, could we humbly request out of your Lordship, the Chairman of the Committee and different distinguished members:

  1. i) That our consumer will recognize if afforded the privilege of the phrases of reference of this distinguished Committee.
  2. ii) That the petitions containing the allegations be given to our consumer to afford him the chance of understanding the allegations in opposition to him, research similar and put together a sturdy defence.

iii)   That our consumer will recognize the intervention of the Committee in ordering the discharge of our consumer from custody to allow him defend himself adequately and attend to his deteriorating well being in custody.

  1. iv) That our consumer be given satisfactory time to reply to the allegations in opposition to him together with offering obligatory supplies and proof earlier than this Honourable Committee.
  2. v) That our consumer be afforded the chance to confront the petitioners along with his personal defence.
  3. vi) That witnesses be examined in his presence and that of his counsel.

vii)    That our consumer be assured his proper to honest listening to together with his proper to liberty in the middle of the proceedings of this distinguished Committee.

“My Lord, the Chairman of the Committee and Honourable Members, our consumer will recognize your taking timeous steps in addressing the basic considerations of our consumer raised on this letter.

“While awaiting your pressing intervention on the problems raised herein please be assured my lord of our greatest needs {and professional} regards.”

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One other lawyer writes IGP, demand Magu’s realease

One different Magu’s attorneys dispatched a separate letter to Police Inspector-Common Mohammed Abubakar Adamu demanding bail for the suspended EFCC chairman.

The counsel, Tosin Ojaomo from Ojaomo and Ojaomo Chambers mentioned Magu was prepared to supply an excellent surety.

He mentioned the appliance was based mostly on the IGP’s promise to not detain any Nigerian past 24 hours due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter was copied President Muhamnadu Buhari; the Chairman of the Presidential Investigation Committee;  the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committe on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay and the  Deputy Inspector-Common of Police in Cost of Investigaton, FCID, Space 10

The July 10, 2020 letter reads: “We’re solicitors to Ibrahim Magu, the performing Chairman of the Eonomic and Monetary Crimes Fee and a Commissioner of Police who’s at present below detention at your facility and whom we will later seek advice from as our consumer. We humbly apply for his bail on self-recognizance.

“It’s our consumer’s transient that he was invited by a crew of safety operatives with respect to an investigation into the actions of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee below his management.

“Our consumer has persistently denied all allegations leveled in opposition to him by the Legal professional Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice and has supplied each documentary and oral proof to clear the air on all of the allegations.

“Sir, our consumer has been in your detention facility for the reason that sixth day of July, 2020 hoping to be granted an adminstrative bail by your workplace.

“Our resolution to put in writing this utility to your workplace is premised in your declaration and avowed dedication at your inauguration because the Inspector-Common of Police to make sure that the constitutional rights of all Nigerians is protected below your management.

“This has been severally demonstrated by your latest directives to all police formations in Nigeria to not detain any suspect for any offence which is bailable in nature because of the Covid-19 pandemic that’s ravaging the world which Nigeria isn’t an exemption.

“In view of the bailable nature of the allegations leveled in opposition to our consumer, we hereby apply that you just grant him an administrative bail pending the completion of the investigation for the defence of those allegations in accordance with the related provision of the structure.

“Lastly, if our utility for bail on self-recognizance isn’t acceptable, we’re prepared to supply a reputable surety that can guarantee the supply of our consumer anytime he’s wanted for the aim of this investigation.

“We thanks for the anticipated grant of this germane utility within the curiosity of justice and equity.”

Police withdraw his safety particulars, official automobiles

About 21 policemen hooked up to Magu have been on Friday withdrawn, moments after President Muhammadu Buhari authorised his suspension from duties and  authorised Mohammed Umar  as substitute.

Additionally retrieved from Magu have been all official automobiles. Late on Friday, the Inspector Common of Police (IG) Mohammed Adamu directed the quick withdrawal of all police operatives serving in  the EFCC.

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The directive which was contained in a sign to the Assistant Inspector Common (AIG), Police Cellular Drive (PMF), PMF Squadrons one to 79, Drive Secretary and Commissioners of Police of all of the state instructions and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) additionally directed that the precise quantity withdrawn get replaced with new operatives.

In line with the order, solely employees of EFCC needs to be allowed entry into the premises, whereas withdrawn police personnel from PMF 21, 44, 45, 46 and 50 should report back to the Drive Headquarters by 8am on Monday.

However it couldn’t be instantly confirmed whether or not Magu and his household could be evicted from his  official quarters within the intellectual Maitama District,Abuja.

There have been indications final evening that Magu may face contemporary hurdles following submission of extra petitions in opposition to him to   the Presidential Investigation Committee headed by Justice Isa Ayo Salami (Rtd).

Magu’s attorneys are of the opinion that the contemporary petitions aren’t a part of the 22 allegations which the Legal professional-Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) initially filed in opposition to him.

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that Magu’s escort automobiles and policemen have been recalled on the Banquet Corridor of the Presidential Villa when he appeared earlier than the  panel.

“All of the 21 policemen, together with escorts, hooked up to Magu have been withdrawn at about 4.30pm,” a well- positioned supply mentioned.

“The official automobiles have been recalled from the Villa to the pool  on the spot.

“Though we’re awaiting sign we have now been advised that about 200 policemen in Abuja and Lagos workplaces have been directed to return to their numerous formations.”

It was additionally gathered {that a} shake- up is imminent in EFCC

A supply mentioned “redeployment, swapping and restructuring are  statutory each time there’s a change of guards.”

“Since Magu is on suspension, there are restricted perks of workplace he can take pleasure in. He is aware of higher as a Commissioner of Police.

“There’s a new Performing Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Mohammed Umar. And it’s the accountability of the police and different safety companies to supply full safety apparatchik for the brand new helmsman.

“In addition to, Umar wants a brand new crew of officers to work with to keep away from a case of double loyalty.”

Sources additionally mentioned extra petitions in opposition to Magu had been forwarded  to the Salami panel.

Magu’s attorneys mentioned the petitions fell outdoors the presidential mandate of the panel.

It couldn’t be instantly confirmed whether or not the petitions could be referred to the Drive Felony Investigation Division (FCID) by the panel.

One of many attorneys mentioned: “Why is it that no one is asking for the propriety of the panel sitting with out disclosing what number of petitions are earlier than it.

“We simply gathered that there are different petitions aside from Malami’s allegations. The panel should disclose these points as a way to guarantee equity and justice.”

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