August 6, 2020

Dauda Lawal fires back at Magu, writes Justice Salami Panel

Dauda Lawal, Magu

A former Executive Director of a bank, Mr Dauda Lawal, has fired back at the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.

In a letter addressed to the Presidential Probe Panel investigating allegations of gross misconducts against the suspended acting Chairman, a copy obtained by journalists on Thursday in Abuja, Lawal described Magu’s response as “laced with barefaced distortion of relevant facts”, and any attempt to mislead the Justice Salami led panel.

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In the detailed response, Lawal also accused Magu of “concocting a tale to suit his mischief without providing any supporting proof”.

He also claimed that Mr Magu in his response sought to explain that the sum of US$153,310.000 (One Hundred and Fifty-Three Million, Three Hundred and Ten Thousand United States Dollars) was brought to a bank from NNPC on behalf of Mrs Deziani Alison-Madueke, but unfortunately couldn’t capture exactly the total amount allegedly brought by each person which sum at USD $152,480,000. “This latest summation by Mr Magu is inconsistent”.

Dauda Lawal’s rejoinder came barely a week after Magu’s response on the 30th of July, 2020, to the allegations of corruption, abuse of office, insubordination etc. made against him, wherein the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) sought to provide his defence to paragraph D(17) of the Petition under what he has captioned “RELEVANT FACTS ON DAUDA LAWAL’S CASE”.

The former banker stressed that; “Contrary to Mr. Magu’s narrative, the EFCC’s claim in their Affidavit is that while the total sum of US$113,310,000 was conveyed “in cash” the remaining sum of US$40,000,000 (Forty Million United States Dollars) was also conveyed in cash to another bank.

“Obviously, Mr Magu’s latest claim that I received US$65,000,000.00 is a feeble attempt to reconcile the inconsistent figures arising from the EFCC’s improper investigation of the case before it.” He said.

He further debunked Magu’s claim that “the defendants adopted many delay tactics for almost a year…it was agreed that expeditious determination of the case will only be achieved if the defendants are charged separately…”, saying that it is ‘not correct’.

“It is clear from the record of proceedings before the Federal High Court that I was always ready and willing to defend the allegations against me in Court. At all times from the inception of the cases in Court, including the criminal Charge, I always appeared in Court to defend myself. I did not shy away from prosecution nor delay the prosecution of the case as alleged or at all.”

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