- The embattled EFCC chief, Magu, has finally been released from detention
- Magu who is being probed by a presidential panel had been in detention for over one week
- The suspended acting chairman of the anti-graft commission was, however, released on Wednesday evening
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After spending 10 days in detention, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has finally been released.
The embattled EFCC boss was released on Wednesday evening, July 15, according to Premium Times.
Recall Magu was arrested on Monday, July 6, and had been in police custody since then. The suspended EFCC chief is being probed by a presidential panel investigating allegations of corruption and insubordination.
Earlier, Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police (IGP), had said he was not responsible for Magu's detention after the latter asked him for bail.
However, the police boss in response to Magu's request said the suspended acting EFCC chairman should direct his correspondence about detention to the presidential panel.
The IGP who's reaction was contained in a letter signed by Adamu's principal staff officer, DCP Owohunwa, and addressed to Magu's lawyer dated Tuesday, July 14, told the former anti-graft agency head that he was not being detained by the police but by the panel.
The letter reads in parts: “The Inspector-General of Police directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating C.P. 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)."
In another related report, Victor Ubani, a former vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has faulted President Buhari for keeping Magu for five years without being confirmed by the Senate.
Ubani said the president should have sought confirmation from the Senate or replaced Magu. He said an acting chairman should not have been in running for the permanent position.
“If you look at the act that created the office of the chairmanship of the EFCC, there is no room for acting capacity. Even though people will want to have recourse to the interpretation that if you have the power to appoint, you also have the power to put someone in an acting capacity.
“But what happened in Magu’s case is that you sent him for confirmation and the Senate rejected him, and you now kept him in an acting capacity for five years. Even if someone has to serve in an acting capacity, it shouldn’t be up to a year because there must be confirmation as required by law," Ubani said.
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