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EFCC Insists On Transfer Of Magu’s Cases From Justice Nyako To Another Judge

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has insisted that

all cases involving it and its acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, be

transferred from Justice Binta Nyako, to any other judge.

The EFCC made the request in a letter dated July 31 and addressed to

the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu

Abdu-Kafarati.

The anti-graft agency said the request was premised on the grounds

that it was prosecuting the spouse and step-son of the judge.

“The application is necessary to avoid bias and conflict of interest

because the commission is prosecuting the spouse and step son of his

Lordship, namely; Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd) and Senator Abdulazeez

Nyako respectively”.

However, not satisfied with the delay in attending to its request, the

agency wrote another letter dated October 5 and addressed to the

registrar of Justice Nyako’s court, reminding him of the earlier

letter.

The letter reads in part; “Respectfully, we write to draw his

Lordship’s attention to our letter dated July 31, addressed to the

Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, conveying our client’s request

to the Chief Judge.

“The request that all matters concerning the subject matter above be

transferred from this honourable court for reasons contained on our

clients attached letter.

“Respectfully, we tremble in requesting that our client’s position be

respected in the interest of justice in this matter, kindly draw his

lordship’s attention to our clients ‘ predicament.”

The cases in question are; Barr Bello Bakari V AGF, Abubakar Sani V

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Jibrin Samuel Okutepa V

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Lady Chidinma

Udebani.

Others are, the Incorporated Trustees of Justice Mission International

V AGF, Barr Alia Jamilu V President, Federal Republic of Nigeria and 4

others, Emmanuel Esero V Ibrahim Magu, Registered Trustees of African

Patriotic Youth Assembly V Ibrahim Magu and 6 others.

Also, the agency wants the cases ; Wale Balogun V the President of the

Federal Republic of Nigeria and 4 others, Chijioke Kanu V AGF and

Johnmary Chukwukasi Jideobi V the Senate of Federal Republic of

Nigeria and 3 others, transferred.

In addition, the agency wants all other cases consolidated together

with the earlier listed cases.

The agency added that it had no intention to malign or disparage the

character of Justice Nyako.

Justice Nyako has adjourned all matters involving the agency sine dine.

Justice Nyako had on October 3 stated that she had no problem not

handling any EFCC matter.

She, however, maintained that the request would not augur well for the

administration of justice, noting that “the law is the law” adding

that it did not matter who was involved.

 

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