Detained Magu Seeks Bail



The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, has applied to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to be released on bail on self recognizance.

Magu made the request on Friday through a letter sent on his behalf by one of his lawyers, Mr. Oluwatosin Ojaomo.

The embattled Magu had been in detention since Monday following his arrest by police detectives. He has been held in an Abuja police cell and is being investigated for corruption allegations by a special presidential panel.

He has been appearing before the panel, headed by Justice Ayo Salami since Monday.

The letter applying for bail was copied to the President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chairman of the Presidential Probe Panel on the activities of EFCC, Justice Salami.

It was also copied to the Chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Prof Itsay Sagay (SAN), and the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Investigation, Federal Criminal Investigation Department, Garki Area 10, Abuja, where Magu is said to be detained.

His lawyer stated in his letter to the IGP that all the allegations were bailable, implying that his client was statutorily entitled to released on bail even when he is formally charged with offences arising from the allegations.

He also reminded the IGP of his “recent directives to all police formations in Nigeria not to detain any suspect for any offence which is bailable in nature due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the world which Nigeria is not an exemption”.

It added, “Finally, if our application for bail on self-recognisance is not acceptable, we are ready to provide a credible surety that will ensure the availability of our client anytime he is needed for the purpose of this investigation.”

According to Mr. Ojaomo, his client had denied all the allegations being investigated by the panel.

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