Indications emerged yesterday that some operatives of the Economic and financial crimes Commission, EFCC, under the guise of “Magu boys” are to be apprehended by security agencies over allegations bordering on bribery to the tune of N75 million.
A highly placed source close to the probe panel told Nigerian Pilot yesterday that some operatives of the EFCC allegedly loyal to suspended acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, alongside some bank officials would be quizzed by the panel over a petition written against Magu and some of his loyalists.
According to the source, the panel has already ordered a full-blown investigation into the ownership of the accounts, signatories and account officers.
He said the panel would also be demanding the bank statement of the affected accounts for the past seven years.
A senior lawyer (names withheld) had petitioned the Presidential Probe Panel investigating the anti-graft agency and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), over allegations bordering on criminal intimidation and extortion amounting to N75million.
According to the petitioner, his client, Damjay Integrated Services Ltd, maintains an account with Access Bank and Elixir Investment Limited, and sometimes in 2018, it attempted to carry out a banking transaction and could not successfully do it.
“Upon enquiry, our client was informed that the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, (now suspended) Ibrahim Magu, directed that the said account be frozen.
“The comprehensive investigation of our client revealed that the purported directive of the EFCC to slam a post- No- Debit order against its account was/is not backed by any valid order of any Court of competent jurisdiction.”
The lawyer further revealed that immediately, a suit was instituted before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Jabi, presided over by Justice O. C. Agbaza, with suit No. FCT/HC/CV/2908/2018, where judgement was entered, declaring the restrictions on its account unlawful and effectively and ordered that all restrictions n be lifted peremptory.
He said that after a subsisting court order, the EFCC refused to comply with the Court order. “Notwithstanding the foregoing, the subsisting order of the court is yet to be complied with by the EFCC which now raises two issues worthy of your serious attention.
“In the first instance, the EFCC is without any powers under the laws to freeze the bank account of any citizen without any valid Court order and this position of the law stated and re- stated by our Courts is very well known to the EFCC.
“In vindication of this proposition of law, we call in aid the very recent case of GTB V. ADEMOLA&ORS (2029) LPELR-47310(CA) where the Court emphatically held that the EFCC has no powers to give direct instructions to Bank to freeze the account of a customer, without an order of the Court, so doing constitutes a flagrant disregard and violation of the rights of a customer,” he said.
He further alleged that “Magu boys” under the control of the suspended acting Chairman insisted that before they will obey the Court order, his client most part ways with the sum of N75million from its account as a condition for lifting the said illegal restrictions on the account.
He said that “Ibrahim Magu Boys” supplied the under-listed account details before executing an irrevocable standing payment order in favour of the said accounts in three tranches of N25million each.
He supplied the account details to both the Justice Ayo Isa Salami-led panel and to the Attorney General of the Federation, which was also copied to the Director of Prosecution of the Federation as Cikin Gidan Nigeria LTD with Account No. 1771773211(Polaris Bank), Amina Kigbu, Account No. 2176716071(Zenith Bank) and Black &Black Global Concept Limited, Account No. 0259011841(GTB).
Already, federal government witnesses have started testifying before the panel against the suspended acting EFCC chairman.
Among the witnesses that testified so far were former First Bank boss, Lawal Dauda, former EFCC prosecutor, Chief Godwin Obla (SAN) and Chief Mike Ozokheme (SAN).
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