The Cable: AGF Malami asks Ibrahim Magu to respond to DSS allegations.

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, has directed Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to respond to the allegations levelled against him by the secret police, TheCable understands.

 

In a letter dated December 19, 2016 and delivered on Tuesday, Malami gave Magu 48 hours to respond to the allegations made by the Department of State Services (DSS) which stalled his confirmation by the senate last week.

 

DSS had alleged that Magu’s accommodation in Abuja was paid for by a “corrupt businessman” and that he flew first class to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj, contrary to federal government’s directive to its officials not to travel in the elite cabin.

 

Magu was also accused of being illegally in possession of confidential EFCC documents when he was a director in 2007.

 

An official in the office of the attorney-general told TheCable Magu was directed to respond to the allegations in order to give him “fair hearing” before President Muhammadu Buhari decides on the next step.

 

However, there are also questions as to why Magu was not asked to respond to the DSS allegations before the report was passed to the senate.

 

The latest move may be an attempt at face-saving by the federal government before dropping the nomination of the police officer, critics say.

 

There has been no love lost between Magu and the director-general of the DSS, Lawal Daura, who authored the indicting report.

 

TheCable learnt that top presidency officials hold Magu responsible for various negative online reports against Buhari’s aides following in-fighting in the administration.

 

The failure of the senate to confirm Magu has led to speculations that there is a gang-up against him by those who are likely to face trial if he becomes the substantive chairman.

 

It is also said that many will be glad to see the back of Magu because he has been a “thorn in the flesh” of corrupt politicians for over 10 years.

Assign More Judges To Fraud Cases, Magu Tells CJ

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, paid a visit to the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, on Wednesday, urging her to designate more judges to EFCC cases.

 

 

In order to expedite hearings in EFCC cases, Magu also pleaded with the CJ to consider the possibility of putting magistrates sitting in the Igbosere division of the court in charge of remand orders for suspects being investigated by the anti-graft commission.

 

 

Magu was quoted to have made this appeal on Wednesday, according to a statement by the Lagos State Judiciary Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Grace Alo, which was made available to newsmen.

The EFCC boss, however, commended the Lagos State judiciary for its commitment to eradication of crimes in the society, noting that the EFCC had secured no fewer than 103 convictions at the Lagos State High Court.

 

 

“As of 2015, we have had 103 convictions; it shows the commitment and zeal towards the fight against corruption. For such a judiciary we must thank the Chief Judge and her team for a job well done,” Magu said.

 

 

The statement quoted the Chief Judge as restating the judiciary under her watch to eradication of corruption, adding that her team was equal to the task.

 

 

She, however, urged the EFCC to embrace the option of plea bargain, especially in financial crimes cases, noting that doing so would aid loot recovery and shorten trial time.

 

 

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