- The embattled EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu has demanded copies of the petition filed against him
- Magu opening up after his release from detention noted that some of the allegations against him are all over social media
- The former acting EFCC chairman said though he has requested copies of the allegations, he has been denied
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The suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has demanded copies of the allegation of corruption and insubordination filed against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
In a report by ThisDay, Magu after spending 10 days in detention, wrote to the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel through his lawyer Wahab Shittu, on Wednesday, July 15, asking for copies of the petition that might have been filed by the AGF and others.
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Magu is demanding that he be served with a copy of the Presidential Audit Committee's report, the AGF's memo to President Muhammadu Buhari; and other individual petitions submitted to the panel.
After regaining his freedom, the embattled EFCC boss also called the presidential panel’s attention to what he described as “serial falsehood publications in the media in respect of matters which never featured in the proceedings.
According to him, they were prejudicial to the work of the enquirers. Magu cited 13 publications in the media, which he said were orchestrated to prejudice the proceedings against him and dismissed them as false.
He said: "Our client observes that rather than being afforded copies of the allegations against him, some of these allegations are flying [a]round the social media platforms with prejudicial consequences."
Magu in a 16-point letter signed by his lawyer, which was cited by the newspaper publication explained that despite his request for the petitions, he had been denied copies of the allegations.
Shittu went on to note that the former anti-graft agency head is ready to formally respond to the allegations and provide necessary proof when he is given a copy of the petition.
This development is coming after the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC was finally released after spending 10 days in detention.
The embattled EFCC boss was released on Wednesday evening, July 15, after he was arrested on Monday, July 6, and had been in police custody since then.
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.
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