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Magu Finally Gains Freedom After 10 Days In Detention

The suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was yesterday released after 10 days in detention.

He had been arrested and hauled before the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel to answer the fraud charges preferred against him by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Magu was in a police facility in Abuja from where he had been taken before the probe committee every morning.

His lawyer, Tosin Ojoamo, had written the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, last Friday, demanding his bail.

But the IGP, in a response released earlier yesterday, said the panel was the one holding him.

The erstwhile anti-graft czar was arrested last week Monday.

This came, as President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly suspended over 10 senior officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Guardian learnt that the anti-graft agency’s executive secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede, was among those axed for “various alleged criminal and corrupt infractions.”

The Ekiti indigene, who was at a time chief of staff to the suspended acting chairman of the commission, Magu, was appointed in November 2018 to replace Emmanuel Aremo, whose five-year tenure expired in July of same year.

A Presidency source said they were unseated to allow for an “unhindered investigation into the activities of the EFCC under the administration of the suspended acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.”

“All the top officials in the agency have been suspended, and their offices locked to prevent any tampering with files at the commission,” he added.

The informant clarified that the new helmsman was not affected, as he was “found not to be a part of the suspected underhand dealings in the EFCC.”

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