October 17, 2021


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EFCC: Ibrahim Magu raises 8 concerns against Buhari’s investigative panel

EFCC: Ibrahim Magu raises 8 concerns against Buhari's investigative panel


The suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu wrote to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate him, raising several questions against the panel.

Magu raised eight issues including the regular private sessions of the court without the media.

The suspended EFCC boss raised the issues in a letter dated August 11 written by his lawyer, Wahab Shittu and addressed to the chairman of the judicial inquiry commission, Judge Isa Ayo Salami.

Other complaints he made in the extended letter included the tribunal’s failure to disclose its mandate and mandate.

He said the commission was inviting witnesses without his knowledge as an accused.

According to Magu, most witnesses do not take an oath and his lawyers are denied the right to cross-examine his accusers.

Magu said he was denied access to the documents that formed the basis of witness testimony before the panel led by Salami.

According to the suspended EFCC president, his arrest, detention and the suspension of 12 senior agency officials went without question.

“In summary, we are concerned about the legality of the honorable tribunal in areas such as systematically sitting behind closed doors (closed doors) and not in public as provided by applicable law.

“The tribunal held proceedings and invited and received witnesses to the exclusion of our client and his lawyer in violation of applicable law on fair trial rules.

“The tribunal sat and conducted proceedings in the absence of our client in violation of applicable law and the rules of fair justice.

“The detention of Mr. Magu and the subsequent denial of Mr. Magu’s detention by your panel and the police.

“The suspension of twelve officials (investigators and prosecutors) from the EFCC without questioning, questioning or any other standard treatment provided for such action,” the letter reads in part.

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