Magu regains freedom after 10 days in police custody

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Ibrahim , former acting chairman of EFCC

THE former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has regained  his freedom after ten days in custody.

Magu, who has been in detention since his arrest last Monday, was finally granted his bail request, which he made on Tuesday after being dragged to Presidential Panel investigating dealings at the commission.

The former EFCC boss,  since his arrest, has been spending nights at the Area 10 Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the police in Abuja.

He shuttled between detention and the Presidential Panel, reviewing the activities of the EFCC, sitting inside the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as he has continued to plead his innocence to the charges of gross misconduct.

According to him, he was yet be served with formal charges against him since his arrest.

Magu is under probe for gross misconduct over disbursement of confiscated properties under the watch of his agency. He is alleged to have mishandled the recovered loot and selling seized assets to associates, in addition to refusal to subject himself to the supervision of the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

While he formally requested bail from the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Monday, the police chief, in response on Tuesday, maintained that he was not responsible for the detention of the former EFCC boss, as he directed him to the presidential panel. 

The IGP’s reaction was contained in a letter signed by his principal staff officer, DCP Owohunwa, and addressed to Magu’s lawyer dated Tuesday, July 14. 

In the letter, Adamu told the former anti-graft agency head that he was not being detained by the police but by the panel. 

The letter to Magu’s lawyer reads in part: “The Inspector-General of Police directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating C.P. Ibrahim Magu (your client) and he is accordingly, not being detained by the police but by the presidential panel that is investigating the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

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