PCARA: Magu used a pastor to buy property in Dubai
The presidential Committee for the audit of recovered assets (PCARA) claims that Ibrahim Magu, interim Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), allegedly used the cleric to launder funds abroad.
Magu is currently being questioned by a panel headed by Ayo Salami, a former President of the court of Appeal.
He was accused of non-transparency in the management of assets returned by the Commission.
The PCARA report, which examined Federal government assets returned to the EFCC from may 2015 to may 2020, said that one Emmanuel Omale, a pastor at the hands of God prophetic Ministry, was used by Magu to launder funds.
Omale’s name was reportedly revealed during an investigation into EFCC activities by the Nigerian financial intelligence unit (NFIU).
According to the report, the cleric purchased a plot of land worth N573 million dollars in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on behalf of Magu.
“Another person who helps in laundering funds for the acting Chairman and who has been mentioned in several petitions is pastor Emmanuel Omale (the hand of God’s prophetic Ministry)” ,- the report says.
“They say that he went to Dubai with Mr. Magu, and his name was used when buying real estate in Dubai for Mr. Magu.
“As an unknown pastor, the report on NFIU showed a huge cash flow from N573, 228, 040.41.”
The report also referred to the case of Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former oil Minister.
The PCARA accused Magu that he did not cooperate with the authorities of the United Kingdom in order to facilitate the effective prosecution of this case.
“In the Diezani case, Alison Madueke, the acting Chairman cannot continue to cooperate with the British NCA so that they can charge the former Minister in a court in the UK,” the report said.
“The acting Chairman, despite knowing that Madueke will not be extradited to Nigeria until the end of her trial in the UK, constantly accuses the UK government on the pages of print and electronic media of not wanting to extradite her to Nigeria.”
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Magu was also accused of deliberately refusing to provide documentary evidence that would have forced the Federation attorney General’s office to start the extradition process for Diezani.
“This has strained the EFCC’s relationship with Europe’s most strategic partner,” the report said.
Magu, who is being held in Abuja police custody, is expected to reappear before the salami investigation team on Monday to defend himself against several charges.