- A presidential aide, Garba Shehu, has said Nigerians would be surprised by the findings of the panel probing Ibrahim Magu
- Shehu made the statement on Sunday, July 19, during a television programme
- The aide expressed the confidence that the panel would do the right thing
A presidential aide, Garba Shehu, has said Nigerians should expect to be surprised by the findings of the panel probing Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to The Cable, Shehu told Channels TV on Sunday, July 19, that the presidency has been receiving some updates from the panel.
He expressed the confidence that the panel was competent enough to do the right thing because it is composed of people with integrity.
Shehu said Nigerians should brace themselves for some surprises when the panel is done with the investigation.
“By the time they are done with this job and they come out with the reports prepare yourselves for surprises,” he said.
Meanwhile, a report by Nigerian Tribune indicated that the suspended former acting chairman of the EFCC, 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 the anti-graft commission.
The report said that upon his release Magu headed for the official residence of the EFCC chairman at Maitama, where he spent the night.
Tribune reported that reliable sources noted 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 word 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.
In another report, the presiding pastor of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, Emmanuel Omale, has vowed not to jettison Ibrahim Magu because the suspended EFCC chairman is one of his "sons."
Omale has been accused as one of the co-conspirators helping Magu to launder recovered funds overseas, though the pastor has denied the link with the embattled anti-graft czar.
Addressing his church congregation in a sermon, the Abuja-based pastor said though he does not launder money for Magu, he would not leave the suspended EFCC boss to his fate because he is one of the Muslims who come to his church "for advice, for counselling." Omale, who described the allegation against him as a lie from the pit of hell, said the Magu link has given him a publicity boost.