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Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Czar, Magu Detained, Security Details Withdrawn

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The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was eventually detained on Monday night after he was grilled by a panel at the Presidential Villa for about eight hours, The Nation is reporting.

The Panel, according to the highly-rated newspaper, is headed by a retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami.

Magu was said to have been taken to the Force Headquarters in Abuja by operatives of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, where he requested to be detained inside a cell and not allowed to sleep in one of the offices there as he was offered.

Before then, Magu, who was accosted as he left the EFCC office at about 1:35 pm, had his security details withdrawn.

When the questioning ended at about 10:20 pm, Magu was told he had to go in a Hilux van to the Force Headquarters for him to be detained.

However, after a brief discussion, he was allowed to ride in his official car to the Force Headquarters, where he was detained overnight.

He arrived at the Force Headquarters at about 10:50 pm.

There are indications that the grilling will continue on Tuesday (today).

According to available information, Magu was grilled extensively on the allegations leveled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Malami had raised a cocktail of allegations against Magu in a memo he sent to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He equally recommended those who should replace him.

Some of the allegations against him are:

. Alleged discrepancies in the reconciliation records of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds

. Declaration of N539billion as recovered funds instead of N504b earlier claimed

. Insubordination to the office of the AGF by not seeking his approval on some decisions

. Not providing enough evidence for the extradition of ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke

. Alleged late action on the investigation of Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) leading to legal dispute

. Not respecting court order to unfreeze an N7 billion judgment in favor of a former Executive Director of First Bank

. Alleged delay in acting on two vessels seized by Nigerian Navy leading to the loss of crude

. Alleged favouring of some investigators called Magu’s Boys

. Reporting some judges to their presiding officers without deferring to the AGF

. Alleged sales of seized assets to cronies, associates, and friends

. Alleged issuance of investigative activities to some media prejudicial to some cases.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Buhari Asks Christians, Muslims To Jointly Pray Against Kidnapping, Banditry

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President Muhammadu Buhari in his Eid-el-Fitr message to Nigerians asked both Christians and Muslims to unite and jointly pray against tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry.

He also called for practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness noting that unity and solidarity among all citizens is imperative especially at this time when Nigeria is faced with multiple challenges.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Wednesday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

“On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood, and love amongst all.

 “Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims, and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion,” the statement read in part.

President Buhari said further that it is noteworthy and delightful to see “Christians breaking fast and in some instances, extending goodwill and gifts to Muslim faithful during the Ramadan.”

He added that “This model also shone through with Muslim groups joining Christian festivities. These are practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness.”

The President, therefore, urged Nigerians to continue to observe all COVID-19 prevention measures and celebrate responsibly during the holidays.

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