EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has written to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, requesting to be released from detention on bail.

In a letter dated July 10, 2020, his legal counsel, Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo appealed to the IGP grant Magu bail on “self-recognizance”.

It was however not confirmed if IGP Adamu, who Magu was said to had disrespected on several occasions, has acted on the bail request which is expected to be referred to the legal Department of the Police and possibly to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice owing to the nature of his alleged offences.

A source close to the Force Headquarters explained that the bail request by Magu might not come easy without conditions attached to it, adding that the suspended EFCC boss ought to know as a core police officer.

The embattled EFCC suspended boss, arrested on Monday, July 6, 2020 on his way out of the former headquarters of the EFCC, situated at Wuse II District of Abuja and taken to the Aso Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he faced a Presidential Panel for interrogation.

The Presidential Panel led by former President of the Court of Appeal, retired Justice Ayo Salami drilled Magu for about six hours on Day 1 before releasing him to the waiting hands of other security agencies that took him to the FCID headquarters where he has been detained.

The suspended boss of the EFCC has since Monday been in detention from where he is usually taken to the venue of the Presidential panel to answer questions bothering on his activities that are considered fraudulent particularly with regards to alleged embezzling of recovered loot and selling of seized assets to associates without following due process.

In the meantime, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday formally approved the suspension of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the EFCC.

This was contained in a statement by the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in which he also said that the EFCC’s Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, has been appointed by the President to oversee the activities of the Commission pending the conclusion of ongoing investigation.

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