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Magu: Buhari Gives Probe Panel Deadline

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The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has expressed sadness over the slow pace of action from the government of United Kingdom, (UK) on the corruption case, involving former Petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
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Ganiyat Ganiyu 

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up to investigate the alleged financial impropriety and mismanagement of recovered assets levelled against the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, deadline for the submission of report of the investigation.

Buhari’s letter approving the judiciary panel was signed on July 3, 2020, but was made available to Magu on Saturday, August 8.

The document stated that the commission had 45 days to complete its probe on the suspended EFCC boss.

The document titled, ‘Instrument Constituting a Judicial Commission of Inquiry for the Investigation of Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the Ag. Chairman of the EFCC for Alleged Abuse of Office and Mismanagement of Federal Government Recovered Assets and Finances from May 2015 to May 2020’.

Buhari listed the seven members of the panel to include a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami (North-Central); Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Michael Ogbezi (South-South); a representative of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Muhammad Babadoko (North-Central); and Hassan Abdullahi from the Department of State Services (North-Central).

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Others are Muhammad Shamsudeen from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (North-West), Douglas Egweme from the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (South-East), and Kazeem Atitebi (South-West) who serves as the Secretary.

The document read in part, “I hereby direct the judicial commission to submit its interim reports to me from time to time but the judicial commission shall, in any case, submit its final report not later than 45 days from the date of its first public sitting or within such extended period as may be authorised by me in writing.”

The commission is expected to submit its report on or before August 19, 2020.

According to the document, Buhari directed the panel to audit the accounts of the EFCC from 2015 to 2020.

The panel is also to investigate allegations of personal enrichment, abuse of office, disobedience to court orders, and the alleged sale of recovered assets to cronies by Magu.

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