BREAKING (Pipade): Ibrahim Magu: Fresh facts on re-looting of recovered funds emerge

The suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, may be facing fresh charges of alleged re-looting of funds recovered by the commission as well as bribery.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Magu is currently being interrogated by a presidential probe panel headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami over allegations of mismanagement and lack of transparency in managing recovered assets by the EFCC.

A final report of the Presidential Investigation Committee on the EFCC Federal Government Recovered Assets and Finances from May 2015 to May 2020, obtained by NAN had seriously indicted and implicated Magu on various allegations leveled against him.

The new facts have emerged on how interest rates accruing from N550 billion recovered by the EFCC in the period under review were allegedly re-looted.

Magu is now expected to disclose the whereabouts of the missing interest funds running into millions of naira.

NAN also observed that the Final Report of Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) that covered the period of May 29, 2015, to Nov. 22, 2018, had also confirmed the concerns of the public about contradictory recovery figures emanating from Magu.

“It is quite disturbing that conflicting figures are being circulated in the public space by EFCC as the amount of recovered funds.

“For Foreign currency recoveries, EFCC reported a total naira equivalent of N46,038,882,509.87, while the naira equivalent of the foreign currency lodgments was N37,533,764,195.66, representing a shortfall of N8,505,118,314.21.

“These inconsistencies cast serious doubt on the accuracy of figures submitted by the EFCC. It is the committee’s view that the EFCC cannot be said to have fully accounted for cash recoveries made by it.

“While EFCC reported total Naira recoveries of N504,154,184,744.04, the actual bank lodgements were N543,511,792,863.47. These discrepancies mean that EFCC’s actual lodgment exceeded its reported recoveries by N39,357,608,119.43.

“It must be pointed out that the discrepancy of more than thirty-nine billion naira does not include interest accrued in this account since it was opened.

“It, therefore, casts serious doubt on the credibility of the figures and means that a substantial amount of money has not been accurately accounted for.

“Failure to report on the interest on actual lodgements clearly establishes that the interest element of over N550 billion has been re-looted relating to the period under review.

“This is an apparent case of manipulation of data in a very brazen and unprofessional manner and this has greatly eroded the public confidence in the anti-corruption efforts,’’ the report stated in part.

NAN also reports that the PCARA revealed how the investigative reports on EFCC’s activities by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) exposed acts of corruption and money laundering against some EFCC officials, including Magu.

“The NFIU reports established that the Acting Chairman has been using different sources to siphon money from the EFCC, and in some cases collecting bribes from suspects.

“The report has shown that a particular Bureau de Change, owned by Ahmed Ibrahim Shanono linked to the Acting Chairman based in Kaduna has more than 158 accounts and has been receiving huge sums of funds.

“The link to Magu was also established by the payment of N28 million to FALANA who is a close associate and ally of the Acting Chairman,’’ the PCARA report further revealed.

NAN reports that the Salami probe panel is expected to continue sitting on Monday while Magu’s lawyer, Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo, had on Friday applied for an administrative bail for his client, who is facing corruption and other charges before the panel.

 

Yoruba Version

 

Alaga ti o da duro ti Igbimo Ajọ ti Owo ati Owo Ikilọ (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, le ti nkọju si awọn ẹsun titun ti esun tito-da owo ti komputa pada ati ibajẹ owo.

Ile-iṣẹ iroyin ti NAN (NAN) ṣe ijabọ pe Magu ni ibeere lọwọlọwọ nipasẹ ọrọ igbimọ alagba ti oludari nipasẹ Adajọ Ayo Salami ti fẹyìntì lori awọn ẹsun ti aiṣedeede ati aini aititọ ninu ṣiṣakoso awọn ohun-ini nipasẹ awọn EFCC.

Ijabọ ikẹhin ti Igbimọ Alakoso Alakoso lori EFCC Federal Government Awọn ohun-ini Dawọle ati Awọn Ipari lati May 2015 si May 2020, ti o gba nipasẹ NAN ti tọka si pataki ati pe o tẹjumọ Magu lori ọpọlọpọ awọn ẹsun ti o fi lewu.

Awọn otitọ tuntun ti jade lori bi awọn oṣuwọn ele ti ngba lati N550 bilionu ti awọn EFCC gba pada ni akoko ti o wa labẹ atunyẹwo ni a sọ pe wọn tun-jijẹ.

Bayi o ti ṣe yẹ Magu lati ṣafihan ibiti o ti awọn owo ifaya sonu ti n ṣiṣẹ sinu miliọnu naira.

NAN tun ṣe akiyesi pe Iroyin ikẹhin ti Igbimọ Alakoso lori ayewo ti Awọn ohun-ini Dapada (PCARA) ti o bo akoko May 29, 2015, si Oṣu kọkanla, Oṣu kọkanla, Ọdun 22, 2018, ti tun jẹrisi awọn ifiyesi ti gbogbogbo nipa awọn isiro imularada ilodisi ti o wa lati Magu .

“O jẹ ohun idamu pe awọn isiro ti o fi ori gbarawọn ni o pin kakiri ni gbangba gbangba nipasẹ EFCC bi iye ti awọn owo ti a ti gba pada.

“Fun awọn ipadasẹhin owo ti ilu okeere, EFCC ṣe ijabọ ipin kan lapapọ ti o jẹ N46,038,882,509.87, lakoko ti o jẹ deede ti naira ti awọn ibugbe owo ajeji jẹ N37,533,764,195.66, ti o ṣojuuwọn kuru kan ti N8,505,118,314.21.

 

“O gbọdọ tọka si pe iyatọ ti o ju ọgbọn-din-dinilẹgbọn bilionu naira ko pẹlu anfani owo-akọọlẹ ninu akọọlẹ yii niwon o ti ṣii.

“Nitorinaa, o ṣe iyemeji to lagbara lori igbẹkẹle ti awọn isiro ati pe o tumọ si pe iye owo nla ti ko ni iṣiro deede.

“Ti o ba kuna lati ṣe ijabọ lori iwulo awọn ibugbe gangan fihan pe o fi idi mulẹ pe ipin iwuwo ti o to aadọta bilionu N5050 ti o ti ni atunlo to ni ibamu si akoko labẹ atunyẹwo.

“Eyi jẹ ọran ti o han gbangba ti ifọwọyi ti data ni ọna idẹ ti o ni abinibi pupọ ati eyi ti ti da igbẹkẹle gbogbo eniyan kuro ni awọn ipa ti o lodi si iwa ibajẹ,” ”ijabọ naa ṣalaye ni apakan.

NAN tun jabo pe PCARA ṣafihan bi awọn ijabọ iwadii lori awọn iṣe ti EFCC ṣe nipasẹ Ẹka Iṣeduro Iṣowo ti Nigeria (NFIU) ṣe afihan awọn iṣe ibajẹ ati iṣiṣẹ owo lodi si diẹ ninu awọn oṣiṣẹ EFCC, pẹlu Magu.

“Awọn ijabọ NFIU ti fi idi mulẹ pe Alakoso adaṣe ti nlo awọn orisun oriṣiriṣi lati fi owo siphon lati ọdọ EFCC, ati ninu awọn ọran gbigba awọn abẹtẹlẹ lati awọn afurasi.

“Iroyin na ti fihan pe Ajọ kan ti Ayipada kan, ohun ini nipasẹ Ahmed Ibrahim Shanono ti sopọ mọ Alaga ti o ṣiṣẹ ni orisun Kaduna ni diẹ sii ju awọn iroyin 158 ati pe o ti n gba awọn owo-nla pupọ.

“Ọna asopọ si Magu ni a tun fi idi mulẹ nipasẹ isanwo ti N28 miliọnu si FALANA ti o jẹ alabaṣiṣẹpọ to sunmọ ati alaga ti Alakoso adaṣe,” ”ijabọ PCARA siwaju ṣafihan siwaju.

NAN ṣe ijabọ pe o ti nireti igbimọ Salami ti n beere lati tẹsiwaju joko ni ọjọ Mọn nigba ti agbẹjọro Magu, Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo, ni ọjọ Jimọ beere fun beeli iṣakoso kan fun alabara rẹ, ẹniti o dojuko ibajẹ ati awọn idiyele miiran niwaju igbimọ naa.

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