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EFCC Probe: I’m Having No Regrets For Chairing Panel To Probe Magu – Justice Salami

Justice Ayo Salami, Chairman of the presidential panel investigating Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says he does not regret his appointment to serve on the panel.

Magu is being investigated over allegations of abuse of office and mismanagement of recovered assets from May 2015 to May 2020 — the time he acted as Acting Chairman of the anti-graft agency.

Magu’s lawyers have always disagreed with the panel. But in a memo on Tuesday, Salami accused the lawyers of planting reports in the media that he regrets chairing the panel.

Justice Salami said in the memo that,“The reports were a figment of the wild imagination of the reporter, the two lawyers quoted as his sources and the medium that published the story,”

“There was no time anything near the unthinkable scenario painted in the false story occurred in any meeting between myself and the lawyers to Magu or any other person, for that matter, since the Judicial Commission of Inquiry began its sittings.

“I have no cause to express any regret over my Chairmanship of the Commission, not to talk of betraying any form of emotion before anyone about it. I see my appointment to serve as the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry as an honour and call to service, thus my decision to accept diligently and patriotically discharge this responsibility.

“I have never appointed any of the two lawyers or any other person(s) to speak on my behalf as I can express myself without recourse to the lawyers of the persons we are probing. As an eminent jurist, who retired as the President of the Court of Appeal, I have handled much more complex cases than the current one before the Commission. There is no doubt that the false reports were aimed at causing mischief and tarnishing my hard-earned reputation and integrity. I remain resolute and committed to the service of the nation and ready to champion the ideals of justice and fairness.

“I want to point out that such wild claims against me and the Commission are not strange to me, given the manner in which the lawyers to Magu have been carrying on in the conduct of their client’s case before the Commission. Planting such lies in the media about proceedings at the panel has been their pastime. They believe that it is by engaging in such media propaganda against the Commission that their client can be easily absolved of the various allegations that have been brought against him.”

Asking Nigerians to disregard the report, the retired president of the appeal court said the “lies  and blackmail” will not deter him and other members of the panel from discharging their duty and mandate.

He said in conclusion, that the panel which he chairs will continue its investigation of the allegations against Magu with a view to unearthing the truth and ensuring that justice is done.

Source: Political Digest.

Update: Malami Frustrating DIEZANI’s Extradition Says Magu

The suspended Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu accuses the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) of frustrating the extradition of Diezani Allison-Madueke and other suspects.

The embattled acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has responded to allegations that he frustrated the extradition of a former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke and other fugitives to face trial in Nigeria.

Rejecting the allegation, Mr Magu told the presidential probe panel investigating allegations of corruption against him, that it was his accuser, Abubakar Malami, who was actually frustrating the extradition of the fugitives.

In the report, originally published by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and republished by several newspapers, Mr Magu was accused of refusing to cooperate with crime-fighting authorities in the United Kingdom to facilitate the return of Mrs Alison-Madueke to to the country to face corruption charges.

The report also claimed that Mr. Magu has refused to provide documentary evidence that would make the office of the Attorney General of the Federation commence the process of extraditing Mrs Alison-Madueke.

However, Mr Magu’s response to the presidential probe panel, shows that he denied refusing to share information with the National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom. As he said: “The NCA still shares critical information with the Commission and conducts joint operations with the Commission under the Combined Inter-Agency Task Force (CIATF) and also directly. Classified documents in this regard can be produced for sighting on request and with the consent of the NCA.

The Commission is also jointly working with the NCA on several cases including the Diezani Allison-Madueke cases and all the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) requests on these cases are passed to the NCA and the Crown Prosecution Services through the Central Authority Unit (CAD) of the Ministry of Justice contrary to the allegations of the HAGF,” Mr Magu wrote.

He added that following the delay by UK authorities to charge Mrs Alison-Madueke, the EFCC wrote to the authorities in the country through the AGF requesting the extradition of the former petroleum minister so she can face pending charges in Nigeria.

Magu also added that Mr Malami has yet to communicate with the commission about the position of UK authorities on the request it made.

Contrary to the claim made against him by Mr Malami, the EFCC former Acting Chairman told the probe panel that under his leadership, “the EFCC maintained a good working relationship with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation which recently acknowledged this relationship by commending the Commission publicly and on record.”

He added that apart from the request for the extradition of Mrs Alison-Madueke, the EFCC has made several requests through the AGF for the extradition of high profile Nigerian fugitives and that Mr Malami has yet to respond to any of the requests. “Some of these fugitives include Robert John Oshodin who laundered millions of United States Dollars on behalf of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme Mr Kingsley Kuku and Hima Aboubakar who was criminally indicted by the investigation of arms procurement conducted under the former NSA Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd).

Attached and marked as Annexure 32 (a)-(e) are copies of the extradition requests of these fugitives. “The Commission also forwarded a Mutual Legal Assistance request to the AGF for onward transmission to the authorities of the British Virgin Island through a letter dated 9th September, 2019 wherein the Commission requested for critical information in respect of the P&ID case but the Commission is yet to receive any response from the office of the AGF,” Mr Magu wrote.

Mr Malami did not respond to calls made to him Tuesday morning seeking his comments for this story. Last week, Mr. Malami announced Mr. Magu’s suspension following President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval. Prior to his suspension he was arrested and brought before the probe panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami, a former President of the Court of Appeal.

Mr Magu is currently being investigated over allegations of corruption and insubordination levelled against him by Mr Malami.

After his arrest, allegations that Mr Magu diverted billions of naira gotten from recovered funds, as well as the interests accrued from the funds, were circulated and published on various media platforms. He rejected the charges saying all recovered assets are intact and can be accounted for.

Sources: News Agency of Nigeria and Premium Times

BREAKING: Ibrahim Magu Released From Detention

Malam IIbrahim Magu, Suspended Acting Chairman of EFCC

The former Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has been released on bail.

His release comes few hours after the Nigeria Police Force denied detaining him in the first place.

The police had claimed that Magu was being held by a presidential panel probing him for mismanaging recovered loots.

He was arrested on 6th July, 2020 by security forces to answer questions by the panel headed by the former President of the Court Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, and had remained in detention ever since.

Who The New EFCC Acting Chairman, Muhammad Umar ABBA Is?

Mohammed Umar Abba, is the newly appointed Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), following the suspension of Mr. Ibrahim Magu, who is being investigated for alleged corruption.

Mohammed Umar Abba, who, until his appointment, was the Director of Operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is hardly known or heard of until yesterday when the commission tip him to take over as the Acting Chairman being one of the most senior ranking officer within the commission.

Mr. Abba held from Kano State and he is a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and was the person who represented the commission last year in Lagos for the EFCC/FBI media briefing tagged Operation Rewired, where huge amount of money was recovered from Nigerian Fraudsters who defrauded America citizens and about 167 Nigerians were arrested.

As at the time of filing this report the age of the new EFCC Acting Chairman and educational background is still not known to the Daily Watch Press.

Abba has resumed duties yesterday. As the presidential probe panel on corruption allegations against the suspended acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu sat again yesterday.

The panel is headed by the uncomfortable retire Judge, Justice Ayo Salami, the panel, which sat inside the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, specifically looked at sundry documents and chatted with persons connected to the case.

Only unauthorised persons are allowed access to the premises, as Department of State Services (DSS) operatives manned the gate to provide watertight surveillance.

We will provide more updates on this development as things keep unfolding.