The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, has accused the Department of State Services and the retired Justice Ayo Salami-led Judicial Commission of Inquiry of seizing some of his documents requested by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
Magu said the DSS took the documents from his office while he was in detention following his suspension from office to clear the way for his probe.
The suspended acting EFCC boss disclosed this in his two letters dated November 16 and 17, 2020 sent to the CCB Chairman, Prof. Muhammad Isah, to give an explanation on his inability to honour the November 17, 2020 invitation by the bureau.
Magu’s lawyer, Mr Wahab Shittu, quoted parts of the letters in a statement, titled, ‘CCB invitation: Magu lacks access to relevant documents – Lawyer’ on Sunday.
Magu also seek for a reschedule of the bureau’s invitation till when he would have access to his office and the relevant documents.
The Salami panel submitted its report to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Friday.
It could be reported that the CCB had invited Magu via a letter with reference number CCB/HQ/II&M/007/2093, dated November 2, 2020 and asked to appear before the anti-corruption agency on November 17, 2020.
Magu was also asked to come with admitted copies of all his asset declaration forms since his resumption into the public service as well as his pay slips and land documents.
But on Sunday, Shittu denied that his client eschew the invitation by the CCB.
He said, “We wish to state that our client did not shun the CCB invitation as the media reportage did not reflect the true position of the narrative.
“We wish to state with high sense of responsibility that we have written two letters to the Chairman of the CBB, intimating him about the inability of our client to have access to the relevant documents as required by the CCB.”
The letters read in part, “We request that the invitation to our client be extended pending the conclusion of the exercise of the mandate of the presidential Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up against our client and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“This request has become necessary since most of the documents requested by your bureau were removed from our client’s offices by the Department of State Services and the request of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry in the absence of our client while our client was in detention.”