Suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, who is being investigated over corruption
allegations by a special presidential panel, is currently begging the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, President Mohammadu Buhari among others, to release him on bail or charge him to Court, just as he argued that all the allegations are if the IGP decided to charge him.
Mr. Magu, a serving police officer who has been in detention since
his arrest on Monday, requested to be granted bail through a letter
sent on his behalf by one of his lawyers, Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo.
He has been appearing before the presidential panel from the
detention of police facilities in Abuja since his arrest.
His lawyer’s letter dated July 10 with the IGP office’s
acknowledgement stamp bearing the same date, requested that
Magu be granted bail “on self-recognisance.”
In the alternative, Mr Ojaomo says they are ready to provide a
credible surety that will ensure the availability of the embattled
acting chairman anytime he is needed for the purpose of
The letter was copied to President Muhammadu Buhari and the
Chairman of the Presidential Probe Panel on the activities of the
EFCC, Justice Ayo Salami (retd).
It was also copied to the Chairman of Presidential Advisory
Committee on Anti-Corruption, Prof Itsay Sagay (SAN), and the
Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Investigation,
Federal Criminal Investigation Department, Garki, Abuja, where Mr
Magu is said to be detained.
The suspended EFCC boss has been appearing before the
Justice Salami-led presidential panel from the police detention since
Mr Ojaomo further stated in his letter to the IGP that all the
allegations are bailable and that his client is statutorily entitled to
be released on bail even when he is formally charged with offences
arising from the allegations.
He also reminded the IGP of his recent directives to all police
formations in Nigeria, asking them not to detain any suspect for
offences which are bailable in nature due to the COVID-19
pandemic that is ravaging the world.