Panel questioned EFCC chiefs as Magu’s probe, detention continue

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Olalekan Adetayo,  Eniola Akinkuotu,  Adelani Adepegba and Ade Adesomoju

The presidential panel investigating allegations of corruption levelled against the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday quizzed the EFCC Secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede, and some directors of the commission.

The PUNCH gathered that the EFCC officials were asked questions about the allegation of diversion of recovered funds levelled against Magu.

It was learnt that top officials of the EFCC were invited to either corroborate or fault some explanations Magu had made before the panel.

The suspended EFCC boss has been in the police detention since Monday when he was arrested in front of the old EFCC headquarters on Fomella Street, Wuse 2, Abuja and forced to appear before the presidential panel at its sitting in the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The suspended EFCC boss was subjected to several hours of interrogation on  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by Justice Ayo Salami-led panel.

He was asked to respond to 22  allegations levelled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), in his memo to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Besides alleged diversion of recovered loot, Magu was accused of selling or mysteriously releasing about 157 oil tankers seized in Port Harcourt without following due process.

Also, a report by the Auditor-General of the Federation last year alleged  that about N13.96bn recorded  as salaries and wages in the consolidated financial statement of the EFCC were not in the anti-graft agency’s graft agency’s trial balance submitted for reconciliation.

Panel grills Magu for 12 hours

On Thursday, Magu spent 12 hours before the presidential panel.

After the interrogation, Magu was again driven back to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Garki, where he spent the fourth night in police custody.

Magu arrived at the Aso Villa Banquet Hall as early as 9am according to his lawyer, Tosin Ojaomo.

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