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Magu writes Salami panel, makes seven calls for

  • Desires to be launched on bail

  • Extra petitions emerge in opposition to suspended EFCC boss

  • IG withdraws policemen connected 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 stated 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 accessible to Magu and giving him alternative to know the allegations in opposition to him.

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

“Our shopper 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 wherein you characteristic prominently, and the necessity to receive clarification from you has develop into needed.

“You’re subsequently directed to with instant impact accompany the Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Gabriel Elaigwu and workforce to report back to the Chairman and members of the Committee at present sixth July 2020.

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

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

Shittu stated 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 Shopper 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 shopper has additionally knowledgeable us that he stays unaware of the phrases of reference of this distinguished Committee.

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

” That he has been in detention and stored on the Pressure Felony Investigation Division (FCID) of the Nigerian Police Pressure, 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 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.”

He stated Magu was being maligned within the media together with alleged holding 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 shopper 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 embody the allegation that our shopper gave the Vice President, Professional. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, the sum of N4billion and that our shopper maintains secret accounts, procured cronies to entrance for him and that he acquired properties in Dubai.

“These campaigns of calumny have drastically affected the ethical of our shopper and broken his hard-earned fame and that of the Fee. That our Shopper on account of this marketing campaign of calumny has been paraded like a typical 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 improvement taking place earlier than the willpower of the petitions by Honourable Committee with prejudicial penalties.”

The counsel made seven calls for from Salami panel.

He stated: “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 shopper will admire 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 shopper to afford him the chance of realizing the allegations in opposition to him, research similar and put together a strong defence.

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

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

vii)    That our shopper be assured his proper to truthful 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 shopper will admire your taking timeous steps in addressing the elemental considerations of our shopper 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-Basic Mohammed Abubakar Adamu demanding bail for the suspended EFCC chairman.

The counsel, Tosin Ojaomo from Ojaomo and Ojaomo Chambers stated Magu was prepared to supply a great surety.

He stated the applying 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-Basic of Police in Cost of Investigaton, FCID, Space 10

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

“It’s our shopper’s temporary that he was invited by a workforce of safety operatives with respect to an investigation into the actions of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee beneath his management.

“Our shopper has persistently denied all allegations leveled in opposition to him by the Lawyer Basic 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 shopper 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 jot down this software to your workplace is premised in your declaration and avowed dedication at your inauguration because the Inspector-Basic of Police to make sure that the constitutional rights of all Nigerians is protected beneath 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 as a result of Covid-19 pandemic that’s ravaging the world which Nigeria shouldn’t be an exemption.

“In view of the bailable nature of the allegations leveled in opposition to our shopper, 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 software for bail on self-recognizance shouldn’t be acceptable, we’re prepared to supply a reputable surety that can guarantee the supply of our shopper anytime he’s wanted for the aim of this investigation.

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

Police withdraw his safety particulars, official automobiles

About 21 policemen connected to Magu had been on Friday withdrawn, moments after President Muhammadu Buhari authorized his suspension from duties and  authorized Mohammed Umar  as alternative.

Additionally retrieved from Magu had been all official automobiles. Late on Friday, the Inspector Basic of Police (IG) Mohammed Adamu directed the instant 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 Basic (AIG), Police Cell Pressure (PMF), PMF Squadrons one to 79, Pressure 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.

Based on 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 Pressure Headquarters by 8am on Monday.

Nevertheless 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 night time that Magu would possibly face recent 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 recent petitions should not a part of the 22 allegations which the Lawyer-Basic 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 had 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, connected to Magu had been withdrawn at about 4.30pm,” a well- positioned supply stated.

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

“Though we’re awaiting sign we have now been instructed 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 stated “redeployment, swapping and restructuring are  statutory every time there’s a change of guards.”

“Since Magu is on suspension, there are restricted perks of workplace he can get pleasure from. 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 duty of the police and different safety businesses to supply full safety apparatchik for the brand new helmsman.

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

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

Magu’s attorneys stated 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 Pressure Felony Investigation Division (FCID) by the panel.

One of many attorneys stated: “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 with a purpose to guarantee equity and justice.”

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