Magu writes letter to investigation panel, complains about ‘unfair trial’

Magu writes letter to investigation panel, complains about ‘unfair trial’

The suspended boss of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Friday, July 11, bemoaned his present condition; complaining about the “unfortunate” handling of his investigation for alleged corruption; saying he has consequently been “paraded like a common criminal”.

1st News had reported that Magu was arrested in Abuja in order to appear before the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential Investigative Committee over allegations of financial impropriety.

It was further gathered that the team was led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gabriel Elaigwu who acted on the instruction of the investigative committee.

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The police team held a letter from the committee telling Magu he had featured “prominently” in certain offences; and that “the need to obtain clarification from you has become very urgent and necessary.”

President Muhammadu Buhari set up the committee, chaired by Mr Salami, a retired Justice; to investigate alleged mismanagement of recovered assets by the EFCC between May 2015 and May 2020.

Since Monday, Magu has been in detention at the Force Criminal Investigation Department’s Area 10 Abuja headquarters from where he had throughout the week been appearing before the investigators sitting at the State House.

However, in a letter via his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, Magu said he had not seen the petitions containing the allegations against him; nor had the committee availed him with their terms of reference.

“Mr Chairman, since the 6th of July when our client honoured your invitation; he has been consistently applying to the Committee to be given the petitions containing the allegations of CONSPIRACY; CORRUPT ENRICHMENT; ABUSE OF POWER/OFFICE, which request has not been honoured or obliged till date,” the letter reads.

The letter also related Magu’s discomfort with his continued detention at the FCID “without being informed of the allegations against him; and the deserved opportunity to timeously study and respond to same.”

It further contained a complaint that, “witnesses are called and examined by the Committee behind his back; and without allowing him and counsel of his choice to participate in the proceedings involving these witnesses.”


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