- The suspended acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, appeared before the presidential panel
- Magu is being probed by the presidential panel over recovered assets and monies seized from looters
- Wahab Shittu, the counsel to Magu, said they were not allowed to submit their defence
A report by Vanguard indicates that the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, on Thursday, July 23, attempted to present a 34-page letter with 100 annexure to the presidential panel investigating him but were unable to do so.
Legit.ng reports that Magu and his lawyer appeared before the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel around 1 pm and were there till 6 pm.
It was gathered that he arrived at the Presidential Villa along with his lawyer, Shittu, and some aides.
He, however, said that only Magu and Shittu were allowed inside the main hall and they were there for hours.
The 34-page spiral-bound letter, with 100 annexure, including pictures, was intended to convince the panel that all the allegations levelled against him are false.
The newspaper noted that his lawyer, Shittu, said on the phone that they were not allowed to submit their defence, adding that although he did not say why“we were not allowed to submit Magu’s defence today (Thursday). We will go there again tomorrow (Friday).”
Magu is being probed by the presidential panel over recovered assets and monies seized from looters.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Magu opened a defence that may open can of worms in the ongoing investigation.
It was reported that the suspended anti-corruption czar was summoned on Monday, July 6, by the operatives of the State Security Services, though DSS said he was not arrested but only invited for interrogation.
Magu, who later spent ten days in detention, was grilled over allegations bordering on insubordination and corruption following a recent memo by Abubakar Malami, the minister for justice and attorney-general of the federation, indicting the suspended EFCC boss.
Among top charges, Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) is probing Magu for illegally buying properties in Dubai and diverting recovered funds into his pocket.
On Wednesday, July 22, the suspended EFCC boss opened defence against the Malami allegations