The embattled EFCC boss, Magu, has finally been released from detention – Magu who is being probed by a presidential panel had been in detention for over one week.
Suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has been released after facing a presidential panel in Aso Rock.
Magu’s lawyer, Wahab Shittu, confirmed the release of his client by the Presidential Investigate Panel.
Shittu disclosed that Magu was released early in the day and is currently in his house in Abuja.
His words: “Yes, I can confirm to you that Magu has been released on bail. He is currently in his house as we speak.”
The embattled EFCC boss was released on Wednesday evening, July 15, 2020.
Recall Magu was arrested on Monday, July 6, and had been in police custody since then. The suspended EFCC chief is being probed by a presidential panel investigating allegations of corruption and insubordination. Suspended EFCC boss Magu finally released from detention.
Earlier, Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP), had said he was not responsible for Magu’s detention after the latter asked him for bail.
However, the police boss in response to Magu’s request said the suspended acting EFCC chairman should direct his correspondence about detention to the presidential panel.
The IGP who’s reaction was contained in a letter signed by Adamu’s principal staff officer, DCP Owohunwa, and addressed to Magu’s lawyer dated Tuesday, July 14, told the former anti-graft agency head that he was not being detained by the police but by the panel.
The letter reads in parts: “The Inspector-General of Police directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating C.P. Ibrahim Magu (your client) and he is accordingly, not being detained by the police but by the presidential panel that is investigating the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”
The embattled former anti-graft chairman had been facing a presidential probe panel on corruption allegations bordering: Alleged discrepancies in the reconciliation records of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds.
*Declaration of N539 billion as recovered funds, instead of N504 billion earlier claimed;
*Insubordination to the Office of the AGF;
*Alleged late action on the investigation of P&ID, leading to legal dispute;
*Not respecting court order to unfreeze an N7 billion judgment in favour of a former executive director of a bank;
*Not providing enough evidence for the extradition of Diezani Alison-Madueke;
*Alleged delay in acting on two vessels seized by the Navy; *Alleged favouring of some investigators called Magu Boys;
*Reporting some judges to their presiding officers without deferring to the AGF;
*Alleged sale of seized assets to cronies, associates, and friends; *Alleged issuance of investigative activities to some media prejudicial to some cases.