Mr Tosin Ojaomo, the lawyer to the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday night, said that nothing incriminating was found in the house of Magu who just got released on bail from detention. Magu was detained and is being tried over corruption to tune of many billions, sale and conversions of proceeds from oil as well as dubiously purchasing many houses numbering over 300.
The Lawyer however said it was illegal for Mr. Magu to have been detained at the Force Criminal Investigations Department for 10 days in the first place.
Mr. Ojaomo claimed that nothing in incriminating was found in Magu’s house by investigators sent by the Presidential Panel noting that reports in the media of huge sums of money discovered were mere Fabrications.
He said Mr. Magu does not sign for money or cheques in EFCC and so cannot be seen to be keeping such alleged amount of money at home.
Speaking on Channels TV programme, ‘Politics Today’, Ojaomo stated that if the Justice Ayo Salami panel eventually finds Mr. Magu not culpable of the allegations against him, Magu should be reinstated by President Muhammadu Bihari.
Also speaking on the programme, Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser Media to the President disclosed that though he is not a lawyer to determine if the panel was justified in detaining Magu for 10 days, the panel may have taken measures to ensure that relevant documents needed in connection with the investigations were not tampererd with.
He noted that before Mr. Magu was invited, the panel had sat for weeks over the allegations of corruption and determined there was need for the suspended Acting Chairman to appear before it.
It is against this backdrop that President Muhammadu Bihari gave the panel the mandate to invite Mr. Magu to answer to the allegations against him.
Mr Magu was arrested last week Monday and has been detained by the police since then.
He has been appearing before the presidential panel investigating allegations of corruption and insubordination levelled against him by Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s justice minister.