- A report has said that the embattled former acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, escaped re-arrest on Thursday, July 16, by the security operatives
- Magu was released on Wednesday, July 15, after spending 10 days in police custody
- The former EFCC boss is being tried for allegation of corruption levelled against him
A report by Nigerian Tribune indicates that the suspended former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, avoided his re-arrest on Thursday, July 16, for his decision to remain in the official residence of the EFCC chairman.
Legit.ng gathered that after spending nine days in detention, Magu was released from police custody on bail on the evening Wednesday, July 15, on the order of the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel investigating his stewardship as EFCC acting chairman.
The embattled Magu was detained at the Force Criminal Investigation Department at Garki Area 10 in Abuja from Monday, July 6, when he was arrested by a combined team of mobile policemen and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) operatives in traffic at Wuse II till Wednesday, July 15.
The report said that upon his release Magu headed for the official residence of the EFCC chairman at Maitama, where he passed the night.
Tribune noted that reliable sources noted that the decision to return to the residence and orders being allegedly issued by Magu to officers guarding the place were perceived as an affront on the authorities, having been suspended from office and a replacement appointed.
Magu was said to have got a feeler that he was going to be re-arrested for his indiscretion on the morning of Thursday, July 17, and quickly moved out of the Maitama residence to his personal house at Karu.
The newspaper noted learnt on Friday, July 17, that the policemen guarding the ex-EFCC boss were withdrawn by police authorities on Thursday, July 16.
Speaking on Magu's planned rearrest, his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, however, told Tribune Online on the telephone on Friday, July 17, that although Magu’s security details were withdrawn, they were later restored to him.
“Let me make this clear: his security details were withdrawn but they have been restored,” Shittu said.
Asked to react to the concerns raised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the ongoing investigation of Magu following his (Shittu’s) claim that the Justice Salami-led investigation panel would clear his client and reinstate him, Shittu said he didn’t want to make “a political reaction.”
The PDP had said in a statement issued by its publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, that, “Nigerians were shocked when counsel for suspended EFCC acting chairman, Wahab Shittu, boastfully declared that he had Magu’s instruction to inform the public that “he will be reinstated to the office.”
A source close to Magu stressed was quoted to have said on Friday, July 17, that despite his current travails, the suspended EFCC boss remained unshaken and had called for Nigerians to own the fight against corruption.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the presidential panel investigating Magu accused of selling recovered real estate properties to friends.
The allegations which were contained in a report of the presidential committee on the audit of recovered assets also said some of the recovered properties were taken over by EFCC officials.
The panel alleged that recovered properties were sold to Magu’s friends and cronies at giveaway prices or taken over by some top EFCC officials.