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Magu honours CCB invitation on assets declaration
By Yusuf Alli, Abuja
The suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has honoured the invitation of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) over his assets declaration and pay slips.
Magu, who for some hours, had audience with the CCB team last Friday, was accompanied to the CBB by his lawyers.
A source said: “The suspended EFCC boss was at the CCB office in Abuja on Thursday, December 3, 2020 with his lawyers over the CCB’s invitation on his assets declaration.
“But, Magu could not be attended to as the CCB was having its annual lecture. Magu later visited the CCB on Friday, December 4, 2020 where he spent a couple of hours for the interview on his assets declaration.
“Contrary to insinuations, Magu never shunned the invitation of the bureau under any guise. He is a law-abiding citizen. But he had no access to some vital documents since he was arrested and hauled before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice Ayo Salami.”
The source added: “The session with the CCB team lasted for about five hours and he politely responded to all issues raised.”
The CCB had earlier invited Magu on November 17, asking him to come along with:
Acknowledgement slips of all his assets declaration since he joined the public service.
Copies of his Appointment Letter, Acceptance, Records of Service and pay slips from January to May, 2020.
All title documents of his landed properties both developed and undeveloped.
But in a reply to the Bureau, Magu said he would not be able to honour its invitation on the grounds of lack of access to the relevant documents which the CCB is demanding from him.
Speaking through his lawyer Wahab Shittu, Magu explained that he did not shun the CCB invitation as reported in certain sections of the media but only sought for a new date over lack of access to relevant documents.
The letter reads in part: “We wish to state with high sense of responsibility that we have written two letters to the Chairman of the CBB, intimating him about the inability of our client to have access to the relevant documents as required by the CCB.
“The letters, which were dated November 16 and 17, 2020, were addressed to the CCB Chairman.
“The letters were titled- Re: Investigation of Activities- Letter of Invitation, Breach of Code of Conduct for Public Officers.
“Please note that the letters were stamped and acknowledged by the office of the CCB Chairman on the said date of November 17, 2020.
“We also wish to state the said letters were copied to the Director of Intelligence, Investigation and Monitoring while the letters were also stamped and acknowledged by his office.
“Explaining the inability of our client to honour the invitation, we stated as follows:
Your letter dated November 2, 2020 with reference No.-CCB/HQ/II & M/007/2093 addressed to our client has been passed unto us to respond to as follows:
In the referred letter, our client was requested to appear before your distinguished body on, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11am prompt concerning the above subject matter.
We have firm instructions to inform your distinguished body that our client, regrettably will not be able to honour today’s invitation in view of certain circumstances beyond his control.
Our client’s inability to honour your invitation is as a result of his inability to access his office and the requested documents since his suspension from office.
We wish to inform you that the documents which you requested for and other personal documents are still in his personal office where he has been denied access up to date.
We request that the invitation to our client be extended pending the conclusion of the exercise of the mandate of the presidential Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up against our client and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
This request has become necessary since most of the documents requested by your Bureau were removed from our client’s offices by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) and the request of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry in the absence of our client while our client was in detention.
“Based on the foregoing, it would be impossible for our client to answer your questions and provides those documents which are in the possession of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry and the Department of State Security Service (DSS).
We therefore kindly request your distinguished body to graciously extend the invitation extended to our client pending the return of our client’s documents (which you requested).
The lawyers said their client needed access to the relevant documents to prepare his defence.
“In the circumstances, until such a time when our client gains access to his personal file in his office where most of the requested documents are, it is impracticable to honour your invitation, even if our client is willing to do so as an obedient and patriotic citizen”, the lawyers said.
Magu honours CCB invitation on assets declaration