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Magu's Probe: Mike Ozekhome Tender Documents, Videos Against Suspended Acting EFCC Chairman


Six exhibits, including two video clips and some documents, were on Tuesday (yesterday) tendered before the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel by Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mike Ozekhome, against the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

The tendering of the exhibits became possible sequel to the appearance of Mike Ozekhome before the panel apparently to testify against Ibrahim Magu.    

In the session that lasted for about two hours, the SAN made reference to the alleged leadership failures of the suspended EFCC Chairman, and the investigative deficiencies of the anti-graft agency.

Recommendations on  the need for the EFCC to be more professional and engage less in media trial was also recommended to the panel by Mike Ozekhome. 

Responding to the development, Magu's lawyer,  Tosin Ojaomo, said: “We are aware of the visit of Chief Ozekhome. 

"His grouse is the freezing of his account in 2017, which was later unfrozen. 

"Unfortunately, it only goes on to show that the panel is on a fishing expedition, because the panel is also inviting people, who have a score to settle with Magu.

“This is not how panels are supposed to act. We all remember how the Justice Oputa panel conducted itself professionally many years ago. 

"People, who were invited, were given petitions ahead of time so that they could defend themselves. 

"Till date, Magu has not received any petition. Is this fair?”

On his part, Mike Ozekhome said: "I have not even said anything about the seizure of my funds by the EFCC and I am surprised that Ojaomo, a lawyer, can talk about something he didn’t witness. 

"My N75m was seized by Magu and his goons despite the fact that it was my legal fees. I went to court and defeated them; so, I have nothing to prove.

“All I did at the panel was to tender some documents and some CDs, which contained videos. One of them is a video where I was given a standing ovation at an event where I advised Magu on how to fight corruption. 

"It was about telling them not to do a one-sided anti-graft war, where you arrest activists and leave those in government.

“I also tendered a letter dated May 2017, which I wrote to the then acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. 

"In the letter, I raised 12 questions as to where the recovered loot and property were and if the property had been sold, to who and for how much. 

"Tell Ojaomo to relax and that I have not yet started.”

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