Former prosecutor with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Godwin Obla, has accused Ibrahim Magu of detaining him for 21 days after he asked for N763 million legal fees which the agency owes him.
Mr. Obla said this while testifying before the Justice Ayo Salami panel, which is investigating the suspended EFCC acting chairman for corruption and abuse of office.
Obla said he prosecuted high-profile cases for the agency, but instead of paying him the accrued sum, Magu kept him in custody for 21 days over trumped-up charges of bribing Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a judge.
He said, “As of date, the EFCC owes me an outstanding balance of N685,389,928.10 and $202,460.47 (N78.5m) or its naira equivalent at the prevailing Central Bank of Nigeria exchange rate, together with interest at prime lending rate, being professional fees for the prosecution of over 40 high profile cases.
“In effect, Ibrahim Magu deliberately and maliciously denied me the fruits of my services for EFCC whilst putting me to great expense to defend a worthless charge.
“I have never made any payment of N5 million or any other amount to Justice Ajumogobia. To the best of my recollection, the payment of N5 million under reference was a payment I made on May 21, 2015 to a company named Nigel & Colive Nig. Ltd, for the purchase of building materials for my construction site in Abuja (now my present office building).
“At that material time of this commercial transaction and till date, I had no prior knowledge that Justice Ajumogobia had any interest whatsoever in the company.”