- An official explanation has been given as to why Ibrahim Magu was detained for 10 days
- The explanation was given by a presidential media aide, Femi Adesina
- Adesina said that the detainment was aimed at preventing the tampering of document needed for the ongoing probe
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The presidency on Wednesday, July 15, explained why the suspended Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)'s former acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was detained for a prolonged period of time.
Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhamadu Buhari, stated that Magu was detained for that long so as to prevent possible tampering of documents which are needed in the ongoing investigation by the presidential panel, Channels TV reports.
Adesina also noted that being that the panel had sat for weeks over the probe, it could point out the need for the embattled EFCC's former boss to present himself before it.
The presidential media aide said: “It is against this backdrop that President Muhammadu Buhari gave the panel the mandate to invite Magu to answer to the allegations against him.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the presidential panel investigating Magu had reportedly revealed that he was being detained based on a directive.
A member of the panel who does not want to be named made the disclosure to journalists.
The source said the investigating panel had given Magu one week deadline to submit the list of cases investigated and prosecuted since 2015.
The newspaper also reported that the acting EFCC chairman who was being detained at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) 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 was no justification for detaining their client because he was appearing before a fact-finding panel.
Also, Magu was in bigger trouble as more shocking allegations were engulfing him.
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.
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