Mike Ozekhome, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says in 2017, he gave several warnings that Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Fee (EFCC), change into looting the country’s treasury.
Magu change into arrested and detained by security operatives in Abuja on Monday.
He is being interrogated by a panel President Muhamadu Buhari residing as a lot as probe the anti-graft company.
The panel began sitting three weeks ago, but change into perfect in a blueprint to compel Magu to seem sooner than it on Monday.
Magu’s travails followed a memo by Abubakar Malami, attorney-usual of the federation (AGF), in which the suspended anti-graft czar change into accused of grave malfeasance.
He change into purported to have mishandled the recovered loot and change into selling seized sources to associates.
In an announcement on Tuesday, Ozekhome acknowledged he wrote Yemi Osinbajo, the then acting president, to complain about Magu whom he alleged change into now not being actual with the handling of recovered loot.
“I challenged him and his impunity severally in courts across Nigeria. I won nearly about your entire cases. I called for a exchange of the manner and manner the ‘anti- corruption war’ change into being selectively and opaqualey fought,” he acknowledged.
“I wrote a public letter in 2017, to the then acting president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) at a time his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, change into in poor health on a London effectively being facility bed. I complained bitterly, with details, figures and records, that recovered looted funds and property, were being re-looted by the Magu-led group of workers, who were purported to preserve the gate of our commonwealth.
“They looted our treasury in collaboration with their cronies, chums and acolytes. Magu change into the unusual sheriff on town. I got no acknowledge to my letter to Osinbajo. I wrote a reminder. No dice. I later challenged Magu publicly, face-to-face, on on the least three cases, undoubtedly one of which change into at a ceremony on the federal excessive court docket in Abuja. One more change into at a ability-constructing workshop organised by the EFCC at its practising academy in Karu, Abuja, which he graciously personally invited me to.
“He refused to interchange his grotesque ways. It change into clear to me and discerning Nigerians that vitality had gotten into his bald head. Energy is an aphrodisiac, an intoxicating liquor. It bemuses. It gives delusional ‘Dutch courage.’ It forces reason to vacate its seat.”
The senior licensed official acknowledged for five years, Magu continued to work as acting chairman of the EFCC, as in opposition to the provisions of share 2(3) of the EFCC act, 2004 which gives that the senate must ascertain him sooner than he can even proceed in his enlighten of job.
Ozekhome acknowledged Magu recruited professional “constitutional lawyers ” who argued that he can even proceed to preserve in enlighten of job.
He also accused Magu of subjecting those accused to media trial and humiliation.
He described Magu’s “arrest as a tragic reminder of the pressing need for brief-time-frame vitality wielders to behave with moderation, modesty, circumspection and humility.”
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