An Abuja based lawyer, Victor Giwa has revealed that he was procured to nail suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. This is even as another Nigerian lawyer, Fatima Hassan, has denied giving Ibrahim Magu, the sum of N75m.
Recall that the presidential panel headed by Ayo Salami, retired president of the appeal court, is probing the activities of the agency under Magu.
Magu was alleged to have mishandled recovered loot and sold seized assets to his associates.
In a petition, one Donald Wokoma, accused Magu of attempting to extort him of N75 million through Giwa, his former lawyer.
In his testimony before the committee, Wokoma reportedly presented an audiotape of his conversation with Giwa in order to implicate Magu.
But in a letter dated August 15 and addressed to the presidential committee, Giwa alleged that Wokoma had made a desperate move to lure him to nail the suspended acting EFCC chairman.
“I, Victor Giwa, request to provide additional information to state that the said information and petition was borne out of a desperate move of Donald Wokoms to lure me into indicting the Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu of the EFCC, with a promise that his money will be released,” Giwa said.
“My refusal was what has led to the presentation of an audio recording of client-lawyer conversation which is privileged information.
“I will be grateful if I am given the opportunity to give additional facts.”
In a related development, a Nigerian lawyer, Fatima Hassan, has also denied giving the suspended EFCC Chairman the sum of N75m.
The lawyer told the Salami panel that the amount in question represents her legal fees/commission to assist Donatus Wokoma in unfreezing N250m case with the EFCC.
Magu’s travails followed a memo by Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, who accused him of “grave malfeasance, a memo that has been called a political witch-hunt by pundits.