Thursday, 12 May 2016

MUST READ:--Why Buhari’s anti-corruption boss may be arrested

Why Buhari’s anti-corruption
boss may be arrested

– EFCC boss Magu may be imprisoned over
flouting the court order
– Abuja court demanded Magu to release
Austrian security expert, Wolgang Reinl from
‘unlawful’ detention
Ibrahim Magu (R)
The chairman of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu is
facing imprisonment for alleged disobedience
to court order, The Guardian reports.
A contempt charge has been filed against
Magu over flouting a court order by Justice
Peter Affen of the Abuja High Court asking
that Austrian security expert, Wolgang Reinl,
be released from “unlawful” custody.
The charge is asking Nigeria’s anti-graft
boss to show reason why he should not be
committed to jail for the crime.
Justice Affen had directed EFCC to
immediately release the international
passport, cheque books, mobile phones and
other belongings to the foreign businessman
which were ‘unlawfully’ seized since
December 2015 when his Abuja residence
was raided by operatives of the agency.

The contempt charge reads in part: “ Take
notice that the applicant will apply to this
court for an order for your committal to prison
for having disobeyed the order of this court as
made by Honourable Justice Peter Affen of the
FCT High Court in Abuja on April 20, 2016
requiring you to release forthwith the
applicant’s international passport seized or
confiscated in the wake of his arrest and
detention and delist him from your watch list
or No-Fly list.
“And also, for your failure to obey the order of
the court requiring you to pay the applicant
the sum of N10 million as compensatory
damages for the violation of his fundamental
rights to dignity of human person and
personal liberty.”
The court had similarly held that the
imprisonment of the plaintiff for over a
month was illegal, unconstitutional and
established a gross violation of the his
fundamental right to dignity as enshrined in
Section 34 and 35 and 43 of the 1999
Constitution (as amended).
President Muhammadu Buhari was elected
last on the promises to fight corruption and
the insurgency.
Since his inauguration on May 29, 2015, he
launched a fierce campaign against
corruption and arrested several top
politicians of the previous government.
On November 9, 2015, the president
appointed Ibrahim Magu to lead his fight
against graft.
President Buhari is currently in London for
anti-corruption summit hosted by the British
Prime Minister David Cameron.