Why Magu’s style of prosecution should be applied to him – Fayose

Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti State, has called for the application of prosecution procedure of Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in dealing with the embattled anti-graft czar.

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Mr Magu, arrested earlier in the week, is still being detained and investigated for corruption allegations levelled against him by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

Mr Malami, also Minister of Justice, accused him of re-looting recovered assets, insubordination and misconduct.

Though he was arrested on Monday afternoon and still being questioned, President Muhammadu Buhari, whom Malami complained to, officially endorsed the suspension of the embattled anti-graft czar.

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Wahab Shittu, a lawyer of the EFCC and Magu’s supporter, is currently protesting his prolonged detention but the former governor is of the opinion that he be treated the way the anti-graft agency under him deals with suspects.

“The Panel should formalize Magu’s detention by obtaining 28-days Remand Order from court to enable completion of investigations,” Mr Fayose, who has been a victim of Magu’s procedure, said in a statement Saturday evening.

“The panel must equally get Temporary & Permanent Forfeiture of loots linked to him.That’s Magu’s style & procedure while in office.He can’t complain now.

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“Wahab Shittu, EFCC lawyer turned Magu’s defender understands their style, so why is he complaining? Or didn’t he work with Magu to secure court orders to detain people indefinitely and forfeit properties linked to people being investigated?” he queried.

Towards the end of his administration, the EFCC under now embattled Magu, wrote to security agencies urging them to place the then outgoing governor on its watchlists.

After stepping down from power, Fayose voluntarily submitted himself to the anti-graft agency and was detained for two weeks before being arraigned on 11-count charge of receiving and keeping N1.2billion and $5million stolen funds from the office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) contrary to the Money Laundering Act.

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