The alleged detention and probe of the embattled acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu has entered its second day, as he spent the night in police custody on orders of the presidential panel probing allegations of corruption and insubordination levelled against him by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami.
It will be recalled that the acting EFCC chair was ‘invited’ to the presidential panel for questioning yesterday over alleged misappropriation of funds, embezzlement of recovered funds and insubordination.
It is largely believed that the ongoing investigations into the activities of Magu are to a large extent a fight between the AGF and the EFCC
Professor Femi Odekunle, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC), opined in a statement on Monday night that “The alleged originating Malami memo, up to the current “arrest” seems an outcome of power-play by power blocs in the corridors of power in which Malami appears to be an arrow-head or major agent of a power bloc that is not really interested in, or in support of, Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.”
Meanwhile, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has called on the federal government to give the embattled EFCC chairman his constitutional rights to a fair trial in the ongoing probe over his alleged infractions on duty.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, SERAP’s Deputy Director, Mr Kolawole Oluwadare, expressed grave concerns over what it described as the “arbitrary arrest” of Magu and insisted that the anti-graft agency’s boss must either be charged with a criminal offence or released immediately.
“Nigerian authorities cannot continue to keep Magu in detention under suspicious circumstances without bringing any legitimate charges against him in violation of national and international law,” He said.