Suspended anti-graft Czar marks 10 days incarceration
BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, says suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, must look elsewhere as the Nigeria Police does not have any hand in his current travails.
For the IGP, the police high Command is not in anyway connected to the ongoing probe and only the Presidential panel can authoritatively speak on the matter.
Mage, who is being interrogated by a presidential investigation committee headed by Justice Ayo Salami, has been in detention for 10 days running.
The panel, sitting in the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, is investigating about 22 corruption allegations levelled against Magu by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami.
Amid the controversy surrounding his detention, lawyer to the former EFCC Chief, Tosin Ojoamo, had written to the IGP requesting for his bail on self recognition.
However, in a twist of event, the IGP denied responsibility for Magu’s incarceration and urged him to channel all his request to the presidential panel.
The IGP’s advice that Magu looks for succour from the panel for redemption is contained in a letter addressed to the lawyer with reference number: CB:7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.489/171, dated July 14, 2020.
In the said letter, IGP Adamu stated that the Police did not order Magu’s detention and only the panel investigating the EFCC activities can explain his current travails.
According to IGP Adamu’s reply to the request by Magu; “Your letter 00C/TOL/89A/07/2020 of 10th July, 2020 on the above underlined subject refers.
“The Inspector-General of Police directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating CP 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 Inspector-General of Police, therefore, advises that you consider re-directing your request to the chairman of the presidential panel for appropriate attention.”, the letter said
The IGP’s letter, signed by DCP Owohunwa, Principal Staff Officer for the Inspector General of Police, concluded saying; “I am to convey the assurances of the warmest regards of the Inspector of Police, please.”