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 below investigation by a presidential panel, has requested bail from custody.
He has spent the fourth day on the Drive Prison 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 towards him by Minister of Justice and Lawyer-Common Abubakar Malami.
Additionally on Thursday, 16 prime 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 help – now a Commissioner of Police – Bolaji Salami.
A supply mentioned: “The committee gave the EFCC chiefs one week deadline to submit the checklist of circumstances investigated and prosecuted since 2015.
“I believe 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-Common 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. Because the panel didn’t order his detention, it suggested the attorneys to handle their request to Inspector-Common 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 “other than being on the grounds of elementary human rights, the appliance 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 in the intervening time.
“On his first day in FCID custody, he slept on a chair all through the night time. 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 a 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 depart 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 would not have any management of such money, I didn’t order the switch of N4 billion to the VP or to anyone.
“The identify of the Vice President by no means got here up on the panel’s session in any respect. Because the 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-Common of Police to analyze 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 lots of of occasions, as on the time of scripting this petition. As well as, the false allegations have elicited responses focused on the vice chairman starting from shock, outrage, to feedback that solid aspersion on the integrity of the Vice President.
”The tweets and reactions thereto have additionally been circulated broadly 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” accessible 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 Consumer. Copies of the publications are hereby connected for ease of reference and mandatory investigation.
”These vicious and malicious publications are supposed to obtain one goal solely, to characterize to his readership and others (Nigerians and Foreigners) that our Consumer 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 except an motion for prison defamation is commenced towards 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 Consumer’s repute.
”In view of the above, we humbly request that you just trigger the above allegations, made towards our Consumer, to be investigated and if the advised 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 Prison Defamation towards the mentioned Jackson Ude.”