In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 13th, July, 2020

Ibrahim Magu Breaks Silence On His Arrest And Detention (Particulars)

Ibrahim Magu Breaks Silence On His Arrest And Detention (Details)

Ibrahim Magu

Ibrahim Magu


Embattled Appearing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu who’s at the moment suspended and beneath detention has accused the federal government of embarrassing him for working for the great of his fellow countrymen.


The previous anti-corruption chief is protesting his continued detention, accusing the authorities of not informing him of the allegations.


Magu in a letter addressed to the probe panel and written by his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, stated he has not seen the petition containing the allegations in opposition to him, nor has he been availed of the committee’s phrases of reference.


Recall that Magu was arrested on Monday, July 6, 2020 by operatives of the Pressure Legal Investigation Division (FCID). He was then forcibly taken to the nation’s primary handle to be grilled by the retired Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential probe panel.


His residence has been searched, his safety personnel withdrawn and his belongings emptied from his workplace.


He faces allegations of corruption, insubordination and re-looting of recovered loot and property utilizing a pastor. He was additionally accused of relooting recovered loot by promoting it off to his cronies. Magu was additionally accused of not with the ability to account for funds which have been recovered.


Whereas denying information of the allegations leveled in opposition to him, Magu by way of his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, stated:


“Mr Chairman, for the reason that sixth of July when our shopper honoured your invitation, he has been constantly making use of to the committee to be given the petitions containing the allegations of CONSPIRACY, CORRUPT ENRICHMENT, ABUSE OF POWER/OFFICE, which request has not been honoured or obliged until date,” the letter reads.

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“Our shopper has additionally knowledgeable us that he stays unaware of the phrases of reference of this distinguished committee.”


Magu additionally expressed his discomfort at being detained for every week “with out being knowledgeable of the allegations in opposition to him and the deserved alternative to timeously examine and reply to identical.”


The embattled former EFCC Chairman added that “witnesses are known 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.”


The letter additionally criticized the press for treating Magu like a “frequent prison” and for peddling false allegations, particularly one which stated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo acquired N4 billion from Magu–an allegation the vp has since denied.


Such “unfounded allegations by no means featured within the proceedings of the committee up to now,” the letter reads.

“These campaigns of calumny have tremendously affected the morale of our shopper and broken his hard-earned status and that of the fee (EFCC).

“Our shopper because of this marketing campaign of calumny has been paraded like a standard prison and subjected to all manners of insults and embarrassment only for serving his nation diligently and effectively because the arrow-head of the anti-corruption marketing campaign of this administration.

“This unlucky growth is going on even earlier than the willpower of the petitions earlier than this honourable committee with prejudicial penalties.”


Reacting, the presidency whereas asserting the suspension and alternative of Magu by Mohammed Umar, acknowledged that the arrest and detention of the anti-graft boss is yet another instance that with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, there aren’t any sacred cows within the struggle in opposition to corruption.

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“There is no such thing as a higher indication that the struggle is actual and lively than the need to research allegations in an open and clear method in opposition to those that have been charged to be custodians of this very system.


“Below this president and authorities, that is our mantra and tenet. There aren’t any sacred cows, and for individuals who assume they’ve a halo over their heads, their days are additionally numbered.

“Mr Magu was not immune — and whatever the apparent embarrassment that potential acts of wrongdoing by him, given the workplace he held, might seem for the federal government.

“No different administration within the historical past of Nigeria would have moved to convey into the sunshine and public area such an allegation,” the president’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, stated in an announcement.


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