Magu: HURIWA asks presidential panel to widen scope of EFCC probe

Human Proper Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, HURIWA has known as at the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel probing the embattled and suspended performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, to seem into the phrases of reference inside the length that Mr. Nuhu Ribadu headed the anti-graft frame.

The Distinguished Civil Rights Advocacy workforce additionally asked the presidential panel to publicly invite Nigerians who should have had one unhealthy stories or the opposite about their encounters with the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC to ship in memoranda and petitions simply because the rights workforce stated the anti-graft fee stinks {of professional} misconduct and auditing corruptions which must necessitate a extra elaborate investigation by means of the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential Panel of inquiry on EFCC.

In a remark made to be had to DAILY POST by means of its Nationwide Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the Nationwide Media Affairs Director, Omit Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA stated it has resolved to petition the Justice Ayo Salami – led presidential panel investigating Magu to additionally have a look at the broadly harmful allegations made by means of Leader Emmanuel Nwude, convicted in the past over complex commission fraud by means of a Lagos Prime Court docket, that one of the most homes no longer indexed amongst his belongings forfeited upon conviction had been offered by means of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee and even if he protested over the illegality, each himself and his legal professional had been then roped in and charged for a nebulous offence allegedly by means of the suspended Chairman of the EFCC which they (Emmanuel Nwude and his legal professional) sooner or later gained at each the Prime Court docket and the Court docket of Enchantment towards the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee.

HURIWA stated: “We’re conscious about a pending petition filed by means of Leader Emmanuel Nwude earlier than the Nigerian Bar Affiliation’s disciplinary Committee titled Petition for disciplinary motion bordering on fraud, stealing, fraudulent sale of belongings, beginning fraudulent judicial complaints and stealing over N5 Billion made towards Mr. Ebun Sofunde (SAN), Mohammed Belgore (SAN), Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) and towards Babajide Ogundipe and Nkadi Osakwe.”

The precise workforce additional stated, ”In particular, on June 4th, 2020, the overall secretary of the Nigerian Bar Assto the replociation Mr. Jonathan Gunu Taldi, wrote Leader Emmanuel Nwude to tell him that Mohammed Dele Belgore has submitted his respond to his petition. He (Nwude) was once then requested to respond to the answer by means of Mohammed Dele Belgore.”

HURIWA submitted that the weighty allegations made towards the EFCC and a few in their attorneys by means of the complainant, Leader Emmanuel Nwude are such that are meant to be captured below the phrases of reference of the Justice Ayo Salami’s presidential panel of investigations simply because the Rights workforce stated it is going to additionally petition the President at the want to perform a holistic forensic investigations of EFCC so the Aegean strong can be wiped clean up totally and for the anti graft struggle to regain the wanted credible momentum.

HURIWA recalled that the Senior legal professional dragged to the NBA by means of Leader Emmanuel Nwude, Mohammed Dele Belgore (SAN) had answered as follows:

In regards to the unnumbered paragraphs that observe paragraph 40, I state as follows:

‘I used to be no longer celebration to any longer price relating to Plot 38B Mobolaji Johnson Manner, Oregun, Ikeja; in regards to the allegation that Plot 38B Mobolaji Johnson Manner, Oregun, Ikeja was once no longer lined by means of the judgement of the Prime Court docket, I state that the valuables by no means belonged to the complainant however the complainant voluntarily surrendered and was once ordered to forfeit “stocks in and all of the endeavor” of a number of firms considered one of which owned the valuables; in regards to the alleged sale of SOOB of Plot 38B Mobolaji Johnson Manner, Oregun, Ikeja, the sale worth and diversion, I state that I haven’t any wisdom of any impropriety at the a part of anyone instead of the complainant who I perceive is at this time being attempted earlier than the Ikeja Prime Court docket on felony fees on the subject of the valuables; in regards to the alleged prudency of the attraction and the price earlier than the Federal Prime Court docket, I state that I repeat paragraph 15 and its sub-paragraphs above and I additionally additional state that I used to be ignorant of any price earlier than the Federal Prime Court docket, and; I’m ignorant of the alleged actions towards Rotimi Jacobs and the EFCC;

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‘In conclusion, I deny having dedicated any of the acts of misconduct alleged. I must upload that the prevailing petition is one additional act of harassment by means of the complainant of myself, my company and different colleagues who’re in a similar fashion matter of this petition. Thus far, Mr. Nwude has initiated scurrilous and unsubstantiated proceedings towards us earlier than the EFCC in Lagos and Enugu, earlier than the Nigeria Police Pressure at Milverton Street, Ikoyi, among different puts, and he seems to be buying groceries round for a discussion board that can give credibility to his allegations. Not one of the puts to which he has hitherto petitioned have discovered any benefit in his allegation.”

HURIWA stated, Leader Emmanuel Nwude, then again, answered thus: ”We’ve got famous his veiled try to distancing himself from the subject and situating it as an issue that involved simplest Mr. Babajide Ogundipe and in answer I need to explain the problems as follows.

In respond to paragraph 3, four and five of Belgore’s, I explain that the grievance was once towards the Company and the companions within the company of Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore and he’s considered one of such companions.

”The grievance was once for unethical habits, fraud and abuse of judicial procedure and comes to beginning fraudulent felony complaints made upon monetary association with officers of the EFCC a reality which Ogundipe has admitted in his confessional remark to EFCC within the prosecution of Rickey Tarfa in price No. ID/102C/2005.

”Belgore individually argued the go well with of Leo Wallace Cochrane & Ors towards me in a go well with in the hunt for to put in force a overseas judgement towards me earlier than the Prime Court docket of Lagos State and the go well with was once struck out by means of Ipaye J.

”He additionally represented the company and the companions in my go well with towards them on the Federal Prime Court docket Lagos Department on the subject of Rodieeem Funding Vs RFCC & Ors.
He additionally appealed the verdict of Ipaye J to the Court docket of Enchantment. He lied in this.

”In recognize to paragraphs five and six of Belgore’s resolution, I state that Mr. Ogundipe in his confessional remark referred within the grievance said that the instruction of the company was once by means of the London company, of Peters & Peters and later renewed by means of William Richey LLP and the instruction was once to recuperate a judgement debt within the sum of $190m. There is not any proof anyplace that he was once actually so urged and there’s no such instruction slightly the companions used the tips within the civil go well with in London to contrive with EFCC officers and actually attempted to tug the court docket as companions within the crime as contained within the remark of Fredrick Akinrutan to EFCC the place they had been telling him that they are going to settle the court docket.

”My persecution which was once was prosecution as admitted in Ogundipe’s confession was once based no longer on any grievance by means of the Brazillians however upon the tips from the complaints within the London Prime Court docket Chancery Department. If truth be told the financial institution via its inner auditor deposed to the affidavit and different processes showed that having recovered their monies in Florida, Switzerland and Judgement of the London Prime Court docket may no longer pursue the subject in Nigeria as the volume of the principle transfers to Nigeria had been insignificant. If truth be told no cash was once ever remitted to the folks from the proceeds of sale of my homes.

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”In recognize of paragraphs 6, 7 and eight, I state that the judegement of the Prime Court docket of London and investigations of Switzerland exonerated me of any felony habits within the subject and maintained that I earned charges for offering cash switch services and products via my BDC however entered judgement towards others for all of the sum claimed with passion and in particular directed that their homes in UK be connected, offered and the proceeds paid to claimants in agreement of the judgement debt. So I used to be satisfied of my innocence therefore my plea of no longer in charge. However right here I used to be arrested upon settlement on fee-sharing made between Ogundipe and Rotimi Jacob at the directives of EFCC chairman see Ogundipe’s confession, was once denied bail regardless of being charged with bailable offences and for 2 (2) years the prosecution known as simplest six out of the 46 witnesses indexed within the price. My Legal professionals had been hounded and compelled out of my case and below immense force EFCC coarsed me to have interaction the services and products of Ricky Tarfa who then joined in cajoling me to switch my plea towards my private conviction. There was once by no means a plea cut price as I used to be passed the utmost sentence with out choice of excellent and but the Pass judgement on once more imposed a fantastic which is opposite to regulation below which I used to be charged therefore I instantly engaged the services and products of Alex Iziyon to attraction that call instantly.

”I’ve additionally observed from affidavit filed in court docket by means of EFCC that the judgement has been enrolled and the order of forfeiture simplest affected 4 homes belonging to firms that weren’t charged within the subject.

”The court docket didn’t make orders on my stocks and that of my kids and spouse and the dividends, but they fraudulently offered identical and shared the cash. The court docket didn’t make orders towards any belongings out of doors the territorial jurisdiction of the Court docket but they offered my homes which might be out of doors the state, no cash was once paid to Federal Executive or anyone in Brazil.

”For those who read about what was once stated to be additional amended data, you are going to in finding out that very same initiated on November 18, 2003 at 9:30am and the judgement was once identical date. That report was once solid and got here in lengthy after the judgement and the enrolled order. I used to be no longer served with that procedure and if factor of my belongings and forfeiture was once to my wisdom, I’d have objected because the homes had been from my reliable source of revenue.

”According to paragraph 9, of Belgore’s resolution, I state that the judgement of Court docket of Enchantment choice was once additionally bought upon fraudulent illustration and observe this is unusual to felony regulation. The illustration that 2d and third respondents had been sufferers named within the price was once false. The individual named is Nelson Sagakuchi of Stanton Construction Company. The title of the 2d and third defendant is nowhere discussed in all of the Fee and evidence of proof no longer whilst witnesses. I do know that celebration stays state and accused and forfeiture is to the federal government and no longer people or strangers. So the declare that Leo Wallace Cochrane & Ors are the sufferers or complainant is fake. The subject is at this time earlier than the Excellent Court docket.”

‘HURIWA is, subsequently, difficult the Federal Executive of Nigeria to have a look at these kinds of petitions and take care of them on benefit so the combat towards corruption isn’t fought with corruption.

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