Fatima Hassan and Victor Giwa, lawyers testifying in the ongoing investigation of Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), are currently in the custody of the anti-graft agency.
A source in the Commission told the Globalgistng that on Wednesday, security operatives took the lawyers away from the presidential Villa where the Ayo Salami Committee was meeting.
The source said the duo who are currently seeking bail have made statements on a N75 million bribery allegation levelled against some EFCC operatives known as “Magu boys”.
One Donatus Wokoma, a businessman, had accused “Magu boys” of attempting to extort him of N75 million through Giwa, his former lawyer, but Giwa said he was procured to nail Magu.
Hassan is also said to have denied involvement in the “N75 million bribery” deal.
According to Wahab Shittu, Magu’s lawyer, the money Hassan demanded was her legal fees and commission to assist Wokoma in unfreezing N250m with the EFCC.
The case is this: the suspect who was investigated by the EFCC, EFCC froze his account and made attempts, and he received a court verdict ordering the EFCC to release this account. He was desperate to get the money and contacted Victor Giwa, his lawyer, ” Shittu told Globalgistng.
“Now, the lawyer contacted this Fatima Hassan who said she’s going to assist them in getting the account unblocked. And she was going to use her contacts within the federal ministry of justice to direct EFCC to free the account.”
Magu was arrested and detained on July 6, 2020, following summons by the presidential panel.
His travails had followed a memo by Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, who accused him of “grave malfeasance.”
He has denied all the allegations levelled against him.