The Action of Chairman of Economic and financial crime commission Efcc, Mr Ibrahim Magu over charges brought through its counsel, Mr Festus Kayamo against Code of Conduct Bureau chairman, Mr Danladi Umar has attracted query from the Attorney general of the federation on behalf of the federal government over their action.
In the query, dated February 16 and referenced DPP/ADV:368/15, Magu was ordered to present his response to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, deadline today. Signed by the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata, Magu was required to explain what informed the filing of charges against Umar, having been cleared of corruption allegation twice by the same agency.
The query reads in part: “The attention of the AGF was drawn to a news report that the EFCC has filed charges of corruption against the Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal, Mr Danladi Umar, before the FCT High Court.“I am directed by the AGF to seek clarification from you, as to whether the charges were filed on your instruction or directive. And if in the affirmative, what is the compelling basis for doing so?
“This clarification becomes imperative in view of the fact that the Commission’s investigation report dated March 5, 2015, addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), stated that the alleged case against Umar raised a mere suspicion and will, therefore, not be sufficient to successfully prosecute.
“The Commission’s position was maintained and sustained by the AGF while appearing before the House of Representatives’ Investigative Committee in 2015 to the effect that the report of investigations showed that the allegations against Umar were based on mere suspicions.“In view of the foregoing, the AGF requests your prompt briefing, as to the existence of new facts which are contrary to the position in your attached investigation report, sufficient evidence or other developments upon which the prosecution of Umar can be successful based.
“Kindly accord this letter top priority while your prompt response within 48 hours from the receipt of same is required in the circumstances.”In a separate letter, Keyamo, who was purportedly engaged as a private lawyer by Magu to prosecute the CCT boss, was also requested by the AGF to confirm who authorised him to file the charges. He has today to comply.
The EFCC in two separate letters to the Federal Government through the SGF had in 2015 and 2016 cleared Umar of wrongdoing in an alleged N10 million bribery allegation by a defendant, Rasheed Taiwo Owolabi, who is still standing trial before him on false asset declaration.March 15 has been fixed for Umar’s arraignment.