Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has asked Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, to release him on bail.
Magu’s request was contained in a letter addressed to Adamu dated 10 July, and sent on his behalf by Oluwatosin Ojaomo, his lawyers, on Friday.
The embattled czar of the country’s top anti-corruption agency has been in detention since Monday at the Force Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters in Area 10, Garki, Abuja, following his appearance before a presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami, a former president of the Court of Appeal, investigating corruption allegations against him.
Ojaomo insisted that all the allegations against Magu were bailable, adding that his client is entitled to be released on bail even when he is formally charged with offences arising from the allegations.
The lawyer stated that his client had denied all the allegations being investigated by the panel “and has provided both documentary and oral evidence to clear the air on all the allegations”.
He also reminded the IGP of his “recent directives to all police formations in Nigeria not to detain any suspect for any offence which is bailable in nature due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the world which Nigeria is not an exemption”.
Ojamo requested that Magu be granted bail “on self-recognisance”.
“Finally, if our application for bail on self-recognisance is not acceptable, we are ready to provide a credible surety that will ensure the availability of our client anytime he is needed for the purpose of this investigation,” the letter partly read.
The letter was copied to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), and the Chairman of the Presidential Probe Panel on the activities of EFCC, Justice Ayo Salami (retd).
It was also copied to l the Chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Prof Itsay Sagay (SAN), and the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Investigation, Federal Criminal Investigation Department.