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UPDATE! Magu Detained Overnight as Questioning Continues (Details)

UPDATE! Magu Detained Overnight as Questioning Continues (Details)

Extra particulars in regards to the interrogation of appearing EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu have been launched.

The Performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu was detained final evening as he testified earlier than a panel wanting into allegations leveled 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 Courtroom of Enchantment.
The report additionally revealed that he was whisked away from the Presidential Villa, the place he was interrogated to the Drive Prison Investigation Division (FCID) at about 10.15 pm shortly after the investigative panel ended its sitting.
His escort cell policemen and safety element had been stood down earlier than he was taken into custody.
It was learned 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 area behind the Hilux.
The police crew 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 stated: “In the light of the ongoing investigation, it became expedient to detain Magu at the FCID. We do not want him to return to the office while he is being questioned, because he is likely to have another session with the Justice Salami panel.”
It was additionally learned the final evening that Magu is perhaps suspended from the 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 stated.
On the FCID round 10.50 pm, Magu rejected a proposal to take him into a workplace to remain in the evening.
He instructed the officers in cost to deal with him like a suspect by placing him in a cell.
Sitting on a chair, he stated: “I won’t go and sleep in any office, I prefer to be in a cell. Kindly put me in a cell. That is what Allah wants for me. I can’t question God.”
There was drama to Magu’s invitation earlier within the day. He was intercepted on the highway alongside Fomella Avenue whereas shifting out of the Wuse II workplace Annex of the EFCC in Abuja.
The invitation was then prolonged to him by a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) from the Drive Prison Investigation Division (FCID).
The CSP’s automobile had a backup comprising a three-man safety crew, who intently watched the encounter.
Magu was on his method to the Drive Headquarters. He pleaded with the officer to permit him to honor the scheduled appointment.
However, he has instructed the invitation by the panel was superior to his appointment.
At about 1.35 pm, 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 wish and given a free lunch.
A supply, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, stated: “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 for going to the Drive Headquarters, Magu referred to 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 evening when a supply, suspected to be a former EFCC official, posted on Fb that “next week, Monday-Friday are black days to (sic) Mr. EFCC.”
The FB publish confirmed intelligence at Magu’s disposal that he is perhaps arrested or prosecuted.
One other supply added: “With the publish on Fb, Magu already had a mindset that yesterday is perhaps tough.
 
“And true to his prediction, he acquired the invitation to look earlier than the panel.”
An investigation by our correspondent revealed a number of 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 in search of his approval on some selections
-Not offering sufficient proof for the extradition of ex-Minister of Petroleum Sources, Diezani Alison-Madueke
-Alleged late motion on the investigation of Course of and Industrial Growth (P&ID) resulting in an authorized dispute
-Not respecting court docket order to unfreeze an N7billion judgment in favor of a former Government Director of First Financial institution
-Alleged delay in appearing on two vessels seized by Nigerian Navy resulting in the lack of crude
-Alleged favoring of some investigators referred to as Magu’s Boys
-Reporting some judges to their presiding officers without deferring to the AGF
-Alleged gross sales of seized property to cronies, associates, and buddies
-Alleged issuance of investigative actions to some media prejudicial to some circumstances.
A high supply stated: “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 it’s possible you’ll accuse Magu of, it’s not 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 {that a} panel is wanting into the allegations.
 
“Take the case of gross sales of property, Magu by no means offered any property since he got here into the workplace. As a substitute, the seized properties had been allotted to be used by authorities businesses.
 
“The P&ID matter preceded Magu in the 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 to supporting the Settlement Settlement. And he gave the case all his energy to get the perfect for the nation.
 
“On the applicable time, the main points of what Magu did in the workplace and what transpired earlier than the panel can be recognized to Nigerians for posterity.”
The Division of State Companies (DSS) denied arresting the EFCC boss.
The Public Relations Officer of DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya stated: “The Division of State Companies (DSS) needs to tell the general public that it didn’t arrest Ibrahim Magu, Performing 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 inquiries over the alleged arrest.”
The EFCC confirmed that Magu went to the Villa to honor an invite.
A press release by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Dele Oyewale stated: “Performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) Mr.  Ibrahim Magu on Monday honored 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 method to the Drive Headquarters, Abuja for a gathering.
 
”The EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor compelled to honor the invitation.  A member of an authorized crew from the EFCC can also be with him on the Panel.”

 

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