- EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu provided details to justify the raid on apartment 7b at Osbourne Towers where the money was found
- Magu, Monguno and Malami had a short break during the interrogation to attend Friday prayers at Presidential Villa mosque
- Magu was interrogated for hours and only left the meeting at about 4pm in the afternoon of Friday, April 21
The committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe suspended secretary to state government Babachir David Lawal and National Intelligence Agency Director General Ayodele Oke has begun its investigations with interrogation of action EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu.
The Punch reports that Magu was quizzed on Friday, April 21 by the three-man committee which is chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and has as members attorney-general of the federation Abubakar Malami (SAN) and national security adviser Babagana Monguno.
Magu was said to have been asked questions about N13bn cash discovered in Lagos that Oke had claimed belonged to the NIA.
An unnamed top government source said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chief duly justified the raid on the Ikoyi apartment.
The source said: “The meeting with Magu was part of the assignment of the committee. He was asked questions on the operation and as expected he justified it.”
The Punch reports further that the committee asked the anti-corruption agency to continue with its investigation into the recovered cash.
NAIJ.com gathered that the committee’s interrogation of Magu explains the anti-corruption chief’s presence in the Presidential Villa for the Friday Muslim prayers.
The committee was said to have taken a break at about 1.30pm to allow the trio of AGF Malami, NSA Monguno and Magu to attend the Juma’at service inside a mosque located beside the President’s office.
The sitting continued promptly after the prayer service and wrapped up at about 4pm with Magu leaving first and Monguno and Malami leaving the venue at about 4.20pm.
Magu refused to speak with reporters as he left.
Recall that NAIJ.com had reported that the Presidential Investigative Committee on alleged infractions by two senior government officials began its work on Thursday, April 20.
The committee began with compilations of individuals and head of companies and organization it plans to invite for the ongoing investigation on the two officials.
Sources within the State House said the vice president and the members of the committee met on Thursday, April 20, to deliberate on their two-week mandate.
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