January 26, 2021

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IGP writes Magu’s lawyer, gives reasons why suspended EFCC chair can’t be released

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has said that he has no power to release the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

The Police Force Headquarters made the clarification, in reaction to Magu’s demand for bail.
The force said it had no hand in the ongoing presidential probe panel quizzing the former anti-graft chair, saying the panel is neither a police operation nor a police investigative process.

In a letter to Magu’s lawyer, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, dated 14th July, 2020 and signed by DCP Idowu Owohunwa, the principal staff officer to the IGP said: “The Inspector General of Police (IGP) directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating CP Ibrahim Magu and he is accordingly not being detained by the Police but by the Presidential Panel that is investigating the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“The Inspector General of Police, therefore, advises that you consider redirecting your request to the chairman of the presidential panel for appropriate attention,” the letter read.

Magu had on Friday, July 10, written to the IGP demanding that he be granted bail from police custody where he has been for over one week.

Magu ’s lawyer, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, had made the bail demand in a letter to the IGP. The suspended EFCC boss has remained in custody at the Force Criminal Investigation Department(FCID), Area 10, Abuja, since his arrest on July 6 by a combined team of the State Security Service and the police.The inspector-general of police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has said that he has no power to release the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

The Police Force headquarters made the clarification in reaction to Magu’s demand for bail.
The force said it had no hand in the ongoing presidential probe panel quizzing the former anti-graft chair, saying the panel was neither a police operation nor a police investigative process.
In a letter to Magu’s lawyer, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, dated 14th July 2020, and signed by DCP Idowu Owohunwa, the principal staff officer to the IGP said: “The Inspector General of Police (IGP) directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating CP Ibrahim Magu and he is accordingly not being detained by the Police but by the Presidential Panel that is investigating the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“The inspector-general of police, therefore, advises that you consider redirecting your request to the chairman of the presidential panel for appropriate attention.”

Magu had on Friday, July 10, written to the IGP demanding that he be granted bail from police custody where he has been for over one week.
Magu ’s lawyer, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, had made the bail demand in a letter to the IGP. The suspended EFCC boss has remained in custody at the Force Criminal Investigation Department(FCID), Area 10, Abuja, since his arrest on July 6 by a combined team of the State Security Service and the police.