Magu still embroiled in corruption mess, presidential panel reveals further investigations

Magu still embroiled in corruption mess, presidential panel reveals further investigations

1st News had garnered that the Justice Ayo Salami panel, currently investigating the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, are considering the possibility of further investigations, which might lead to the criminal prosecution of the suspended EFCC boss.

Some of the new facts have also revealed how the Salami panel might have established enough evidentiary grounds for Magu’s eventual removal in their report.

These investigations commenced in mid-July with several witnesses, who assisted in the investigation.

The panel, it was also gathered, recommended that the former secretary of the EFCC, Olanipekun Olukoyede be relieved of his duty.

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Olukoyede’s potential dismissal is despite the fact that he had been suspended since July 15 by the president in connection with the panel’s discoveries of infractions relating to abuse of trust.

Although sources within the panel confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari was yet to receive the panel’s report; there are however indications that the report might get to the president later this week.

“The President has not received that report, but it is true some recommendations have been made. One, the predication for his removal has been established.

“Two, arriving from the facts that have emerged and made available to the panel; further investigation is required, that may lead to the criminal prosecution of Magu,” the source said; noting that, “President may likely get the report this week.”

Both the social and traditional media were, in the week, awash with reports; that the Salami panel had recommended among other measures, that Magu is sacked; a development other reports claimed had also elicited the reaction of the embattled EFCC boss.

1st News later gathered exclusively that though the panel did not expressly recommend his sack; it has however established the grounds for his removal, ultimately; with the damning contents of the panel’s report.

President Muhammadu Buhari had set up the Ayo Salami panel to investigate various allegations of wrongdoing; including insubordination; failure to properly account for recovered assets; abuse of office; and other corrupt acts leveled against Magu by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami, SAN.

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