EFCC: Magu Released from Detention after Refusal of Bail by the Police
After the refusal of the police to grant bail to the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, the government has released him from detention.
PRNigeria gathered that he was released on Wednesday evening.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, had earlier rejected the bail request for the former boss of the anti-corruption agency.
Magu had demanded his immediate release on bail on “self recognisance” — from custody through an application by his lawyer, Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo, to enable him prepare his defense on allegations of corruption brought against him by the government.
In a letter addressed to Magu’s lawyer dated 14th July, 2020 signed by the Principal Staff Officer to IGP, DCP Idowu Owohunwa asked the former EFCC Boss to direct his bail application to the presidential panel.
The letter read thus:
“Your letter OOC/TOL/89A/07/2020 of July 2020 on the above underlines subject, refers.
“The Inspector-General of Police directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating CP Ibrahim Magu (your client), and he is accordingly, not being detained by the Police but by the Presidential Panel that is investigating the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, advises that you consider redirecting your request to the Chairman of the Presidential Panel for appropriate attention.
“I am to convey the assurances of the warmest regards of the Inspector General of Police, please.”
Magu who was arrested by security operatives was taking before a Presidential Investigative Panel on Anti-corruption chaired by Justice Ayo Salami, at the Villa.
PRNigeria reports that, the suspended EFCC boss was slammed with several allegations from the memo submitted by the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami. The ten major allegations against Magu as compiled by PRNigeria are listed in this link: Anti-Corruption: 10 Major Allegations Against Suspended EFCC Boss, Magu