- New developments have happened in the ongoing probe of the EFCC activities under Magu
- The presidential panel invited the pastor who was alleged to have helped the suspended EFCC chief to wire money abroad to acquire properties
- Meanwhile, a bank involved in the investigation admitted that it transferred N573 million to the pastor by mistake
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The presidential panel investigating the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has invited a Nigerian pastor indicted in the process.
Pastor Emmanuel Omale, the General Overseer of Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries International, Abuja, was alleged to have helped Magu wire N573 million abroad to acquire properties by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).
The Nation reports that the panel invited Omale to explain the nature of his relationship with the embattled EFCC boss.
The pastor reportedly honoured the invitation in the company of his lawyer and denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, the management of the first generation bank which credited Pastor Omale's account with N573 million had admitted that it was done in error, according to the newspaper.
The bank said Omale never had such cash, but a system error credited him and 17 others with N573 million each.
Following the development, the panel asked the bank to apologise formally to NFIU for misleading it.
Reacting to the development, Magu's lawyer, Wahab Shittu, told the panel that the nation and the international community had gone with the impression that the cleric bought N573 million assets for his client.
He said he sought the permission of the panel to clarify the N573 million to the public if the situation demands.
“I wish to express disgust, displeasure and monumental embarrassment to my client. Such humongous amount was said to be an inflow purportedly used to buy houses for Magu in Dubai.
“It is unfortunate that Magu has been maligned because of such a costly error. We are considering our legal options against the bank and those who published the allegations designed to disparage Magu,” he was quoted to have said.
Meanwhile, Magu may soon know his fate as President Muhammadu Buhari has given the panel investigating him the deadline to submit its report.
The panel is expected to submit its report on or before Wednesday, August 19.
In another related report, a group identified as Transparency Advocacy For Development Initiative (TADI) has asked President Buhari to demilitarise the EFCC from the grip of the Nigeria Police Force.
The group made the demand at a press conference on Friday, August 7, addressed by its executive director, Ambassador Yomi David.
It also urged the president to “mandate the Attorney General of the Federation to immediately pursue the amendment of the repressive provisions of the EFCC Act 2003, particularly those that mandatorily place the headship of the EFCC in the hands of serving and retired security officers.”
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