EFCC Probe: Magu Auctioned Recovered Vehicles To FG Agencies.

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The suspended National Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu has opened up on the recovered vehicles while he headed the commission.

Mr. Magu disclosed this in a letter addressed to the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel, titled ‘Re: Alleged Case of Conspiracy, Enrichment, Abuse of Public Office and Other Infractions’.

The letter was a reaction to a report by the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets.

The Committee had accused Magu of inability to account for the interest accrued to N550bn recovered funds as well as recovered vehicles and houses.

Magu revealed that some of the vehicles recovered by the EFCC were auctioned to personnel in the Presidential Villa, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, the Federal Inland Revenue Services, and other agencies.

Explaining how some of the recovered vehicles were auctioned, he stated that some of these agencies had not paid for the vehicles but there was an arrangement that the money would be deducted from their financial allocation.

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The suspended EFCC boss, in the letter, attached photographs of some of the recovered assets he addressed to the panel.

“On allocation of vehicles to some government agencies through special auction with presidential approval.

“The beneficiary agencies are: the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management of which the valued price is to be debited from their allocation; State House, National Commission for Refugees and Displaced Persons; Federal Inland Revenue Service and National Directorate of Employment.”

“The commission presently has presidential approval to dispose over 450 forfeited vehicles located in Lagos and Abuja.

“The vehicles have been valued by the National Automotive Council Valuers and the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing. But no sale/disposal has been conducted yet.”

“Real properties finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria and allocated to some agencies for official use in line with the Presidential approval are: Voice of Nigeria, National Directorate of Employment, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, North East Development Commission and Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

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“Properties under interim forfeiture order are rented by the following government agencies: Nigerian Army, Federal Ministry of Finance, Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

“Other agencies of government that have approached the commission to rent properties under interim forfeiture order include: National Human Rights Commission and National Council for Arts and culture.”

However, it was learnt that an attempt by Magu’s lawyer, Wahab Shittu, to submit the letter to the panel on Monday was rebuffed.

The panel was said to have insisted that there was no basis for the letter and informed Shittu that Magu would be summoned if there was a need for clarification.

“An attempt to submit the letter to the secretary of the panel on Monday failed. Magu’s team was informed that the panel does not entertain letters but it is purely an investigative one. If there is a need for clarification, Magu would be invited,” a source told Punch.

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A government source however said the Presidency would not like to be dragged into the matter.

“Magu wrote to the panel, it is the panel that should be responding to him if the need be,” the source said.

Magu was arrested by the police on July 6, 2020 and brought before the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel which is sitting at the Presidential Villa.

He was subsequently suspended and detained for about 10 days at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Abuja. While in custody, his house in the Karu area of Abuja was searched.

In an earlier statement and open letter titled, ‘Publications prejudicial to the proceedings of this honourable panel,’ Magu’s lawyer, Shittu, had complained that the allegations against Magu circulating on social and print media were completely false and a misrepresentation of the probe.

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