Magu reportedly threatens hunger strike as panel grills ex-EFCC chief's 7 untouchables

Magu reportedly threatens hunger strike as panel grills ex-EFCC chief's 7 untouchables

- The presidential panel has grilled some staff of EFCC loyal to Magu

- Magu is undergoing interrogation over allegation of corruption levelled against him

- Some of the EFCC's staff popularly called 'Magu's boys' faced the panel on Thursday, July 9, for questioning

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The presidential probe panel led by the retired president of Court of Appeal, Ayo Salami, continued its investigation on the allegation of corruption levelled against the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday, July 9.

Vanguard reports that as the interrogation entered day four on Thursday, July 9, some select operatives of the commission were grilled by the panel. gathered that the operatives, referred to as “Magu’s Boys” are said to be seven in number, and were grilled by the presidential panel over their roles in the acting chairman’s exploits.

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The newspaper noted that the seven operatives, also pejoratively called “The Untouchables” were accused of committing several atrocities, including allegedly blackmailing and extorting money from suspects, appropriating exhibits to themselves and selling off forfeited or seized assets without remitting the proceeds to government coffers.

Ayo Salami-led panel grills Magu's 7 'untouchables' as ex-EFCC boss threatens hunger strike
The probe of the embattled acting chairman of EFC, Ibrahim Magu, enters day four at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Source: UGC

The report also added that the activities of the “The Untouchables,” formed part of the allegations in the memo the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was gathered that Magu was brought to Aso Villa at about 10:00 am on Thursday, July 9, for further grilling by the panel, adding that all the directors of the agency and the secretary, Ola Olukayode, were also at the panel to say what they knew about the allegations against their boss.

The newspaper further stressed that Magu threatened to go on hunger strike after sensing that the presidency may keep him in detention indefinitely until he answers allegations made against him by the attorney-general.

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Daily Trust also reports that a source said all heads of departments of the commission were said to have been asked to go and compile detailed reports about their activities from 2015 when Magu was appointed to date.

The panel demanded that every head of the department of the EFCC sign every single page of the report he would present.

It was gathered that those in asset forfeiture and procurement and finance were said to have been ordered to provide receipts, serial numbers of all assets recovered and tender records.

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“From the holistic approach of the panel, it appears that their mandate includes suggesting to President Muhammadu Buhari ways of a complete overhaul of the anti-corruption body because the senior EFCC officials were also asked to give detailed human resource report of the agency in addition to identifying all operatives who report directly to the suspended chairman who are otherwise referred to as ‘Magu boys,” the source was quoted.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that a former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, reacted to reports that his house was recently searched by operatives of the EFCC.

It was reported that Abubakar in a statement issued on the evening of Thursday, July 9, through his media aide, J Mfon, said operatives of the agency went to his guest house in error in 2017 but did not conduct any search of his property.

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