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Detained Acting EFCC Chairman Released From Detention_Ada Nkong

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.

In a phone conversation with Vanguard, 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.”

Pressed for details on Magu’s bail condition, Shittu said he will speak on that much later.

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 a N7 billion judgement 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.

Also, previously, former DSS D-G, Lawal Daura, had levelled some allegations against Magu in December 2016. The allegations bordered on:

*Missing EFCC Files;

*Return to EFCC under Lamorde;

*Tenancy of My Official Residence;

*Expensive air travels.

*High profile/dual lifestyle;

*Mutually Beneficial Relationship with Commodore Mohammed Umar (rtd);

*Perceived reluctance to arraign Vice Marshall Adesola Amosun;

*Alleged vendetta against Stanley Lawson; and

*Work through police cronies in EFCC.

Magu’s response to allegations
Responding to the allegations in a letter addressed to the AGF, dated December 21, 2016, Magu, had written:

“I most respectfully refer to your letter referenced HAGF/EFCC/2016/Vol.1/23 dated 19th December, 2016, asking me to respond within 48 hours to the allegations contained in a report written by the Department of State Service, DSS, and which provided the basis for the non-consideration of my confirmation on December 15, 2016, by the Senate.

“Having carefully considered all the issues, I hereby present a point-by-point response as follows:

Missing EFCC files

“It is true that my residence was searched on the orders of Mrs. Farida Waziri, shortly after she succeeded Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as Chairman of the EFCC and some documents relating to cases under investigation were found in my house. At the time of the raid, I was yet to formally hand over to my successor, Umar Sanda, as head of the Economic Governance Unit.

“My schedule at the time warranted that I work round the clock and it was impossible to conclude all assignments without working at home. The documents found in my house were actually found in my office bag where I kept documents relating to investigations.

“I was in the process of handing over and it would be wrong to suggest that I willfully kept the Commission’s files at home. Nevertheless, the incident was thoroughly investigated by the Police as I was placed on suspension without pay for 20 months. But in the end, I was reprimanded, recalled and promoted to Assistant Commissioner of Police.

“It is important sir, to draw your attention to the fact that some of us that worked closely with Ribadu were victimized after his exit. And my ordeal was orchestrated as punishment for being the chief investigative officer for most of the high-profile cases involving politically exposed persons, some of whom became very influential in government at the time.

Return to EFCC under Lamorde

“I was Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations at the Anambra State Police Command when I was recalled to the EFCC in 2012.

“I did not lobby to return to the EFCC. It is preposterous for anyone to suggest that I was recalled to do a hatchet job for Lamorde, as alleged in the DSS Report. My job schedule as Deputy Director, Department of Internal Affairs, under Lamorde, was simply handling issues of professional responsibility in the commission. I had no inputs in core operations, duties of the commission.

Tenancy of official residence

“I live in the official residence of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. This accommodation, contrary to the report of the DSS, is not my private home, neither was it rented and furnished for me by Commodore Umar Mohammed (rtd).

“It was rented and furnished by the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory through the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, under the Safe House Scheme.

“It is also false that the house was rented for N20million per annum and furnished for N43million. The entire cost for both two-year rent and the furnishing of the house is N39.628million.

Details of the transaction are contained in the contract award letter and payment schedule which are attached to this letter.

Expensive air travels

“Honourable Minister, the claim that I have a penchant for expensive air travels in a private jet belonging to Commodore Mohammed is baseless
The two times I can recall travelling in Commodore Umar’s aircraft, were on a trip from Kano to Abuja, and Abuja to Maiduguri. In the first instance, I had gone to Kano on an official assignment with two of my directors, and Mohammed who was on his way back to Abuja offered us a ride in his jet.

“The second occasion was when I was going to see my sick mother in Maiduguri. These, for me, were harmless gestures as we were both members of the presidential investigative committee on arms procurement.

Source: Vanguard

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