Magu ordered my detention for demanding legal fees of N763.9m - EFCC ex-prosecutor

Magu ordered my detention for demanding legal fees of N763.9m - EFCC ex-prosecutor

- Another series of allegations have been made against Ibrahim Magu

- Strange enough, the claims were made by EFCC's former lawyer, Godwin Obla

- Obla alleged that Magu ordered his detention because he asked for his legal fees of N763.9 million as payment for working for the agency

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It seems that each day brings with it more trouble for the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.

This time, Magu is facing an allegation from a former prosecutor of the anti-graft agency, Godwin Obla (SAN), Daily Trust reports.

Obla, giving testimony before the presidential panel led by Ayo Salami, claimed that Magu ordered his detention him in the EFCC custody because he asked to be paid his legal fees to the tune of N763.9 million a sum which he explained was supposed to be the money for prosecuting about 40 cases for the commission.

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Magu ordered my detention for demanding legal fees of N763.9m - EFCC ex-prosecutor

Ibrahim Magu, the embattled former acting chairman of the EFCC (Source: UGC)
Source: UGC

The former lawyer of the commission alleged that the embattled EFCC former boss even threatened to write a petition against him over bribery.

Obla said: “As of date, the EFCC owes me an outstanding balance of N685, 389, 928.10 and $202,460.47 (N78.5m) or its naira equivalent...

“In effect, Ibrahim Magu deliberately and maliciously denied me the fruits of my services for EFCC whilst putting me to great expense to defend a worthless charge.”

Meanwhile, reported that Oluwatosin Ojaomo, one of the legal representatives of Magu had faulted the way trial of the suspended EFCC boss was being handled, wondering why it would be conducted behind the cameras.

Ojaomo expressed his objection on Tuesday, July 28, as the seven-man presidential panel constituted to probe Magu proceed with its investigation.

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Magu 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.

The suspended EFCC boss, 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.

On Wednesday, July 22, the suspended EFCC boss opened defence against the Malami allegations as he teamed up with his lawyers to fight what he termed as injustice against him.

Ojaomo said the panel’s proceedings should be open to media coverage in order to maintain fairness.

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