In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, July, 2020

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

EFCC Acting Boss, Magu Detained Overnight as Questioning Continues (Details)

Ibrahim Magu

Ibrahim Magu

 

The Appearing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu was detained final night time as he testified earlier than a panel trying into allegations levelled in opposition to him by Lawyer-Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), based on a report by TheNation.

 

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

 

The report additional revealed that he was whisked away from the Presidential Villa, the place he was interrogated to the Power Prison Investigation Division (FCID) at about 10.15pm shortly after the investigative panel ended its sitting.

 

His escort cellular policemen and safety element had 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 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 turned 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.”

 

It was additionally learnt final night time 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 night time.

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He instructed 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 choose 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 Road 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 Prison Investigation Division (FCID).

 

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

 

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

 

However he was instructed 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 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 night time 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 submit confirmed intelligence at Magu’s disposal that he is perhaps arrested or prosecuted.

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

“And true to his prediction, he received the invitation to seem 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 an alternative 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 court docket order to unfreeze a N7billion judgment in favour of a former Government 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 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 mates

 

-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 all of the allegations and compiled applicable 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 isn’t 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 panel is trying into the allegations.

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

“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 legal side as an alternative of supporting Settlement Settlement. And he gave the case all his power to get one of the best for the nation.

“On the applicable time, the small print of what Magu did in workplace and what actually transpired earlier than the panel shall be recognized 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, Appearing 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.

 

A press release by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Dele Oyewale mentioned: “Appearing 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 solution to the Power Headquarters, Abuja for a gathering.

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

 

 

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