Magu, AGF may clash over corrupt ex-govs, senators
- President Buhari's aide, Okoi Obono-Obla, said there may be clash between Ibrahim Magu and Abubakar Malami over corrupt ex-governors and senators
- Obono-Obla explained that the EFCC and the other anti-graft agencies have refused to hand over the files of the ex-governor and the senators under investigation to Malami
- He said Malami is the chief prosecutor of the country and there no reason why agencies under his supervision should not cooperate with him
The special assistant to the president on Prosecutions, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla said the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), will soon report the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu and anti-graft agencies to the Presidency.
Obono-Obla made this known on Saturday, July30, saying that the heads of the agencies, could be penalized for withholding the case files of more than 35 ex-governors and senators from the AGF, Punch reports.
The case files requested by the AGF in separate letters to both agencies were for ex-governors, including Bukola Saraki (Kwara, now Senate President); Ali Modu Sheriff (Borno); Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia); Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu); Saminu Turaki (Jigawa); Sule Lamido (Jigawa);
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Also, Joshua Dariye (Plateau); Ahmed Yerima (Zamfara); Gabriel Suswam (Benue); James Ibori (Delta); Martin Elechi (Ebonyi); Danjuma Goje (Gombe); Murtala Nyako (Adamawa); Ikedi Ohakim (Imo); Gbenga Daniel (Ogun); Achike Udenwa (Imo); Ubong Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom); Jolly Nyame (Taraba); Rasheed Ladoja (Oyo); Adebayo Alao-Akala (Oyo); Adamu Mu’azu (Bauchi); Lucky Igbinedion (Edo) and Peter Odili (Rivers).
While the Senators on the list included Stella Oduah and George Akume.
He said the insubordination of the two anti-corruption agencies to forward the files to the AGF since July 2016 after requesting have caused a setback to the anti-graft campaign of the federal government.
Legit.ng recalls that he on Tuesday, July 25, alleged that the EFCC and ICPC were not cooperating with Malami, which had led to the loss of some high-profile corruption cases.
He however said on Saturday, July 30: “When this administration came on board, one of the reforms that were initiated was the setting up of a National Prosecution Committee to complement the efforts of the anti-corruption agencies and the Department of Public Prosecution.
“A team of highly motivated lawyers, investigators and policy makers were brought in. The committee was inaugurated on May 27, 2016 by the then Vice President, now acting President.
“The essence of the committee was for us to take on the looters of our treasury and we have to ask the heads of the anti-corruption agencies to furnish us with case files starting from 2006.
“You remember that former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, had told the National Assembly at a time that 32 former governors were being investigated by the commission. So, we demanded the reports so that we could file criminal proceedings against those ex-governors indicted in those reports. I also made a similar application to the ICPC, but they refused to comply.
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“Most important, we asked them to give us the files of senators under investigation. We wanted to, after getting those files, file an order of interim attachment of properties belonging to the suspects under investigation. This is because under Section 28.4 of the EFCC Act, when suspects are arrested, the commission attaches all the properties acquired under that financial crime.
“So, we wanted to really wage a war, get those files and carry out those attachments so that Nigerians will know we are really serious about this war on corruption. And disappointedly, they refused to hand over those files and have refused to work with the AGF.
“The AGF is the chief prosecutor of the country and I see no reason why agencies under his supervision should not cooperate with him.
“The AGF is bothered and he may likely take a definite position. What the bosses of the agencies have done amounts to insubordination under the public service rule because the AGF is a chief legal officer and the agencies under him are to respect him. The AGF’s position may be to report the heads to the Presidency''.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said that corruption would kill Nigeria if the anti-graft agency doesn’t fight and kill it now.
This comes even as the EFCC boss urged stakeholders in the anti-corruption war not be discouraged with the way corruption is celebrated in Nigeria.
Watch a Legit.ng TV video below of Nigerians staging a walk in support of the EFCC: