Salami Panel Report: Fear Grips Magu’s Boys

There is palpable fear in the camp of the embattled suspended acting president of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, following the presentation last Friday of a report by the Investigative Commission led by Judge Ayo Salami.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who received the report, had created the panel in July to investigate the assets recovered between May 2015 and May 2020. Magu dominated between 2015 and July 2020 before his departure.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, had in a 22-point indictment against Magu entitled “Flagrant abuse of the position and other infractions against the president of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu”, accused the commissioner of Police beleaguered from abusing his office.

Although the Presidency has not yet released the details of the report, the Daily Sun nevertheless deduced that there is tension in the Magu camp for fear that its eventual prosecution could cause problems for them.

An important source said that President Buhari can sanction Magu’s prosecution. He said the president is angry that one of his most iconic achievements could be spoiled by the outcome of the investigation.

He said: “When President Buhari took office, his main plan was to fight corruption. In fact, he was elected to the position because he promised to fight corruption. He feels betrayed that his war on corruption could be ridiculed by the alleged events at the EFCC.

“Buhari has two years and six months left as president. It will be difficult to change anything at this time. So if he is determined to ensure that those who sabotaged him are prosecuted, that is in order. “

He said the president had patiently waited for the report to give him leeway to ensure that those involved in the alleged illegal disposal of recovered assets and high-ranking Nigerians who may have benefited from the alleged ‘bazaar’ are brought to justice.

“There are claims that some high-ranking Nigerians in the corridors of power may have benefited from the questionable disposition of recovered assets.

“Those people are worried right now. Then they will be planning to sabotage any plan to prosecute Magu, ”added the source.

Meanwhile, Magu has said that he did not shy away from an invitation extended to him by the Code of Conduct Office (CCB). Instead, he said his lawyer has written two letters to the CCB president.

A press release signed by his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, and made available to journalists, read: “We wish to affirm that our client did not reject the CCC’s invitation as the media report did not reflect the true position of the narrative. .

“We wish to express with a high sense of responsibility that we have written two letters to the president of the CBB, indicating to him about the inability of our client to have access to the relevant documents as required by the CCB.