Magu released on bail after 9 days in detention

Magu released on bail after 9 days in detention

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

1st News reports that Magu regained his freedom from Police custody after spending nine days in detention.

The suspended EFCC boss was arrested on July 6.

Magu had been invited for questioning over allegations of abuse of office and diversion of recovered loot. Specifically, President Muhammadu Buhari had constituted a panel to probe the anti-corruption Czar. The panel was headed by Justice Ayo Salami.

The probe came in the wake of a petition by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); as well as the Department of State Service (DSS) which had insisted that he was not fit for the office.

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Specifically, the AGF’s memo contained 22 allegations against the suspended EFCC chairman; bothering largely on diversion of recovered monies and insubordination. Also, a report by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) had cited some incriminating evidences against the former EFCC helmsman.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the suspension of Magu as acting Chairman of the EFCC on Friday. Also, the President had appointed the Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, to take temporary charge. Umar is expected to oversee the activities of the Commission pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police on Wednesday, July 15, responded to the letter by the suspended Magu pleading to be granted bail from detention.

Signed by DCP Idowu Owohunwa, Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu; the police told Magu that the Presidency was the one detaining him, not the Police Force.

1st News had reported last week that Magu wrote through his lawyers to the office of the IGP; pleading to be granted bail.

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