Panel questions Magu over suspected ownership of Dubai properties

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The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu’s problems worsened on Wednesday as the presidential panel investigating corruption allegations against him shifted its focus to properties he allegedly acquired in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

The suspended EFCC chief, who has been in the police custody since his detention on Monday, was interviewed for the third time on Wednesday.

Sportywap also gathered that fresh allegations emerged against Magu as the panel continued its sitting just as he was again detained after Wednesday’s interrogation.

Magu was accosted by security agents in plain clothes in front of the old EFCC headquarters on Fomella Street, Wuse 2, Abuja, at noon on Monday and compelled to appear before the panel.

He has been in police custody at the Force Criminal Investigation Division, Garki, since Monday from where he has been appearing before the panel to respond to questions on the allegations posed against him by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

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Like what happened on Monday and Tuesday when the panel quizzed Magu for several hours, journalists were again on Wednesday not allowed access to the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa,  venue of the interrogation.

Any State House reporters who tried to access the press gallery located inside the building were politely turned back.

And those who wanted to park their cars in the car park of the facility were told to make use of other parks inside the Presidential Villa.

SPORTYWAP gathered that the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel was interested in determining whether indeed Magu bought properties abroad , especially in Dubai, where he was said to have travelled to many times on official and private visits.

It was further learnt that the panel also was preoccupied with claims that N39bn had been diverted from the recovered loot.

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Sources said the panel will carry out forensics on documents retrieved from Magu ‘s house as well as an audit of his earnings and bank records.

A source said, “The panel is working to verify claims that Magu has property in Dubai and other parts of the world. It is also probing an allegation that funds were diverted from recovered loot.

I don’t know how far the panel has gone in exploring these interesting angles, but real estate titles and bank records would leave a trail that cannot be hidden. The panel planned to subject documents recovered from Magu’s residence and office to forensic analysis.

After being questioned for eight hours on Wednesday,  Magu was taken back in police custody, where he spent Monday and Tuesday nights.

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