- The probe of the embattled EFCC boss, Magu, took another dimension as prominent lawyer, Falana, alleged false evidence against him
- Falana's allegation is contained in a letter addressed to the presidential panel investigating Magu
- The senior lawyer made the submission in defence of Magu while making a case for his client, Rachidatou Abdou, who was involved in a criminal case
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Femi Falana, prominent Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, has alleged that one of the pieces of evidence presented against the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, is false.
Premium Times reports that Falana's allegation was contained in a letter he wrote the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel which is investigating allegations of abuse of office and insubordination.
Legit.ng notes that Falana made the allegation in defence of Magu while making a case for his client, Rachidatou Abdou.
The letter indicates two French nationals, Gnahouse Nazaire and Senoue Modeste, were remanded in prison custody in 2015 and arraigned before the court by the EFCC over alleged forgery and altering of documents in 2007.
The defendants were accused of conspiring among themselves to forge the resolution of a company, Rana Prestige Industry Ltd, purported to have been signed by Mrs Abdou.
Legit.ng gathers that he case is still subsisting, although the defendants have been granted bail.
It was, however, gathered that a petition recently emanated from the case which formed one of the evidence in the probe of Magu.
Falana in his letter advised the panel not to recommend the termination of the charge involving the two French nationals, alleging that the evidence presented in the petition is false.
He said that Mrs Abdou who is the complainant in both criminal cases informed his firm that the defendants submitted a petition to the presidential panel claiming that Magu abused his office by charging them with forgery and stealing in the Lagos State High Court.
Falana alleged that the defendants had been boasting in Cotonou that both criminal cases pending against them in the Lagos State High Court would soon be terminated based on the assurance from the judicial commission.
The senior lawyer said it would amount to a dangerous precedent if the administrative commissions of inquiry stopped the prosecution of the criminal suspects and gave the details of the criminal case.
He, therefore, urged the panel to refrain from further reviewing the criminal cases which are still pending in the Lagos state high court.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Magu wrote to the special presidential panel probing him, requesting the appearance of Abubakar Malami, attorney general of the federation, over the corruption allegation leveled against him by the minister.
The anti-corruption sheriff, who wrote through his legal representative Wahab Shittu, pleaded that Malami be summoned in a letter dated Friday, September 4.
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