Ibrahim Magu, a former Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), has been released from detention after the refusal of the Police to grant him bail.
He was released late evening on Wednesday
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, had earlier rejected the bail request for the former boss of the anti-graft agency who is being investigated for allegations of corruption and fraud.
Magu had pleaded for his release on bail on “self recognisance” — from custody through an application by his lawyer, Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo.
According to him, the release will enable him to prepare his defense on allegations of misconducts brought against him by the government.
In a letter addressed to Magu’s lawyer dated 14th July, 2020 signed by the Principal Staff Officer to IGP, DCP Idowu Owohunwa asked the former EFCC Boss to direct his bail application to the presidential panel.
The letter read thus: “Your letter OOC/TOL/89A/07/2020 of July 2020 on the above underlines subject, refers. “The Inspector-General of Police directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating CP Ibrahim Magu (your client), 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.
“I am to convey the assurances of the warmest regards of the Inspector General of Police, please.”
Magu was arrested by security operatives and was taking before a Presidential Investigative Panel on Anti-corruption chaired by Justice Ayo Salami, at the Villa.