Presidential panel says Ibrahim Magu is being detained based on directive

Presidential panel says Ibrahim Magu is being detained based on directive

- The presidential panel investigating the acting chairman Ibrahim Magu has spoken about the circumstances surrounding his detention

- The acting EFCC chairman is being detained at the force criminal investigation department

- Magu through his lawyers has reportedly requested to be released on bail

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The presidential panel investigating the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has reportedly revealed that he (Magu) is being detained based on a directive.

A member of the panel who does not want to be named made the disclosure to The Nation newspaper. The source, however, stopped short of revealing who gave the directive to detain Magu.

Presidential panel reveals why Ibrahim Magu is being detained
Magu has been in detention since Monday, July 6, when the presidential panel invited him for questioning. Photo credits: EFCC
Source: UGC

The source said the investigating panel has given Magu one week deadline to submit the list of cases investigated and prosecuted since 2015.

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The newspaper also reported that the acting EFCC chairman who is being detained at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), has requested bail from custody through his lawyers.

But the investigating paned reportedly advised his lawyers to address their bail request to Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu.

Magu’s lawyers said there is no justification for detaining their client because he is appearing before a fact-finding panel.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim Magu may be in more trouble as more allegations have been made against him.

According to Olusegun Adeniyi, chairman of This Day editorial board, Magu reportedly thwarted a move by Theophilus Danjuma, former defence minister, to purchase an aircraft, around the same time some EFCC agents raided the residence of a former Nigerian head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar

Adeniyi claimed that this move by Magu against Danjuma and Abdulsalami (known to be President Muhammadu Buhari's allies) were carried out without his knowledge.

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The renowned journalist who a media aide to a late Nigerian former president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, added that it took some time for President Buhari to convince Danjuma that he was not aware of Magu's move against him.

In another report, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded that Ibrahim Magu must face prosecution after his suspension as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). gathered that the opposition party made the call in a series of tweets via it's official Twitter account on Wednesday, July 8

The PDP explained that after reviewing the reported circumstances surrounding the investigation that indicted Magu, the acting EFCC chairman should be prosecuted.

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