Falana cautions panel against acting on ‘misleading evidence’ against former EFCC Chairman, Magu

Falana cautions panel against acting on ‘misleading evidence’ against former EFCC Chairman, Magu

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged the panel investigating Ibrahim Magu, suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, not to act on “misleading evidence”.

Magu is being investigated by the panel, headed by Ayo Salami; retired president of the appeal court, over allegations of corruption and abuse of office.

This was contained in a letter dated September 4, 2020, written to the panel by Falana.

Falana said one Gnahouse Sonrou Nazaire, a Benin Republic national who is standing trial at the Lagos State high court; petitioned the panel that he was accused wrongly by the EFCC under Magu.

In the two charges pending at the Lagos State high court; Nazaire was accused of having defrauded Rachidatou Abdou, his erstwhile girlfriend and also business partner who is a Nigerian citizen.

Writing on behalf of Abdou, Falana requested that the panel refrains from recommending the termination of the charges against Nazaire at the Lagos court.

The senior lawyer said Nazaire and others have been frustrating the court proceedings, and are now using the panel to have the criminal cases against them terminated.

“Our client who is the complainant in both criminal cases has informed us that the defendants recently submitted a petition to the Honourable Judicial Commission of Inquiry headed by the Honourable Justice Issa Ayo Salami PCA (rtd); where they claimed, albeit falsely, that the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu abused his office by charging them with forgery and stealing in the Lagos State High Court on the basis of a petition written on her behalf by our law firm,” the letter reads.

Meanwhile, a group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), on Tuesday, September 8; advocated for the establishment of special courts to try corruption cases; and the imposition of the death penalty for those found guilty of graft.

This was contained in a statement issued by the MURIC director, Prof Ishaq Akintola.

Akintola’s stance was in the aftermath of the call by the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Mr. Umar Abba Mohammed; for the establishment of Special Courts to try corruption cases.

According to MURIC, many certified kleptomaniacs are still hiding; under the indulging umbrella of legal razzmatazz to delay and consequently frustrate and escape justice.

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An excerpt from the statement reads, “Many certificated kleptomaniacs are still hiding under the indulging umbrella of legal razzmatazz; to delay and consequently frustrate and escape justice.

“Special courts will remove such obstacles and ensure that cases are speedily and efficiently disposed of. We, therefore, reiterate our call for the establishment of special courts for trying those who steal public funds.

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