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Presidency Insists Magu Must Submit Case Files of Govs/Senators To AGF

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The Special Assistant to the President on Prosecutions, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla has said that the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission must submit case files of governors and senators to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

He said that failure to do so would be regarded as insubordination which of course has consequences.

The governors and senators whose case files were being requested for included that of ex-governors, Ali Modu Sheriff (Borno), Bukola Saraki (Kwara, now President of the Senate); Alao-Akala (Oyo); Gbenga Daniel (Ogun); Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Jolly Nyame (Taraba); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Achike Udenwa (Imo); Ubong Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom); Rasheed Ladoja (Oyo); Adebayo Joshua Dariye (Plateau ); Ahmed Yerima (Zamfara); and Gabriel Suswam (Benue), among others.

In July 2016, AGF had written a letter to EFCC, asking Magu to forward the files to him but the Acting EFCC chairman refused to do so.

“Despite a follow-up request, which was made on August 1, 2017, Magu has continued to withhold the files. This is insubordination,” Obono-Obna said.

According to Obono-Obla, the anti-graft agency has the right to involve the office of the AGF in any case that is above N50 million and for not submitting these files is amount to misconduct.

He stated that Magu should not be showing that he is more patriotic than any other office that has the right to also prosecute any allegation of corruption.

But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC said that there was no conflict whatsoever between it (EFCC) and the Office of the AGF.

The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, attributed reports of the clash between commission and the AGF to mischief makers in an e-mail on Thursday.

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