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EFCC Refute Claims That Magu Attended Bihari’s Re-election Event

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Following a story published by Premium Times claiming that EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, attended a Buhari re-election event, the financial crimes fighting agency has reacted.

In its reaction, the EFCC said: ‘the fact is that Ibrahim Magu never attended any Buhari re-election gathering at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja. At exactly 8:59am on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, the EFCC boss was already at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja en route Lagos where he had engagement with Media Executives’.

Explaining further, the EFCC’s statement said:

Before the trip to Lagos, Magu visited a family relative who lodged at the hotel, Nicon Luxury. He went straight to the room where his relative was lodged and met with him very briefly before departing for Lagos where he met with newspaper editors. These facts were laid bare when Ogundipe called to confirm his story.

Magu is not omnipresent to have been in Lagos and also in Abuja at the same time. For Ogundipe to still come up with such a screaming headline after confirming from the Commission only shows that his mind was made up to do the hatchet job which he has exhibited by his write up.

We want to make categorically clear that EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu is neither a card carrying member of any political party nor is he a sympathiser of the ruling APC. He carries on his job professionally and remains a public officer who is apolitical and determined to see a new Nigeria where corruption would be brought to its knees.

In the meantime, we have contacted our lawyers and they are taking a cursory look at the controversial publication.

The publication had expressly stated that Magu was at the gathering to strategise on the re-election campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari.

It further said that “The event, which held on Tuesday, December 4, at Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja, was exclusively billed as a consultative forum for politicians of the ruling All Progress Congress. It was put together by the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups, a political action committee loyal to President Buhari”.

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Another Priest Escape Death In Enugu State

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A Catholic Priest identified as Fr. Chimezie Ani escaped death in Enugu State after he was attacked by gunmen.

 Fr. Ani was attacked by gunmen at Ugwuomu Emene, a suburb of Enugu metropolis, late in the evening on Thursday.
Confirming the attack, Fr. Benjamin Achi,  spokesman of the Enugu Diocese of Catholic Church said the priest escaped his assilants without any injury.
Achi said the gunmen were firing at an SUV jeep when the priest ran into them in his car
According to him, a haul of bullets hit the car of the priest but he escaped unhurt.
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Police Arrest Killers Of Fr. Offu

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The suspected killers of Enugu Catholic Priest, Fr. Paul Offu have been arrested by the police.
They were paraded at the Enugu State Police Headquarters on Friday.
According to the police, the suspects were identified as Ibrahim Adamu (25 yrs) from Taraba State and Idris Tobe (25 yrs).
Three other suspects, Garba Basulugu, Mohammed Lagu and Mojunpan Duna, were said  to be at large.
Fr. Offu was killed in Agbudu, Awgu LGA, Enugu State on August 1.
Briefing journalists at the Police Headquarters in Enugu on Friday, Sulaiman Balarabe, the Commissioner of Police, said two of the suspected killers of Fr. Offu were arrested in different locations at Abia and Benue State.
Balarabe said the police were trailing the remaining three suspects at large.
He said the suspects were also behind the kidnap of a traditional ruler, Igwe Sunday of Agbogugu town and his wife on August 4.
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Seized Properties: Former Governor Yari Drags EFCC To Court

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A former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to court.

Yari prayed the Federal High Court Abuja, to direct the EFCC to unseal his property located at Maitama, Abuja.

In an exparte motion brought by his Counsel, Mahmud Magaji, (SAN), he said the EFCC sealed the property contrary to the provision of the law. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the the Federal High Court Abuja had, earlier in the day, granted the ICPC leave to freeze some funds in Yari’s Zenith and Polaris Bank. Magaji, who said that the application was to ensure each government agencies operates within the confines of the law, urged the judge to invoke his power to direct the EFCC to remove the red inscription pasted on the house.”

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The former Zamfara governor said the EFCC has no right to seize his property without a court order.

He said the application was supported by 11-paragraph affidavit and also supported by a written address dated Aug. 16. ”We adopt same in urging your Lordship to grant our application as prayed,” he said.

The counsel argued that in as much as the applicant did not intend to prevent any government agency from performing its function, due process of the law must be followed in carrying out such duty. ”We urge your Lordship to direct parties to maintain status quo pending the determination of the suit,” Magaji said.

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Justice Taiwo Taiwo, who ordered that the case be heard during the vacation period, however adjourned the matter till August 19 for ruling.

Yari is being accused of allege corruption in his capacity as governor of Zamfara state.

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