Ibrahim Magu, the suspended EFCC boss has accused Federal Government of giving approval and acquiring most of the Properties he is standing trial. He made a revelation that some of the cars and properties for which he is standing trial for the alleged mismanagement were bought off by the presidential villa and other ministries and agencies of the federal government.
The special investigative panel’s requested that Magu should explain how some of the vehicles and houses recovered by EFCC were auctioned as well as his inability to account for the interest accrued on the N550bn recovered funds. The revelation was contained in a letter he addressed to the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel entitled,
Re: Alleged Case of Conspiracy, Enrichment, Abuse of Public Office, and Other Infractions.
“…On allocation of vehicles to some government agencies through special auction with presidential approval. The beneficiary agencies are the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management of which the valued price is to be debited from their allocation; State House, National Commission for Refugees and Displaced Persons; Federal Inland Revenue Service and National Directorate of Employment.
“The commission presently has presidential approval to dispose of over 450 forfeited vehicles located in Lagos and Abuja. The vehicles have been valued by the National Automotive Council Valuers and the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing. But no sale/disposal has been conducted yet.
“Real properties finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria and allocated to some agencies for official use in line with the Presidential approval are Voice of Nigeria, National Directorate of Employment, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, North East Development Commission and Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.
“Properties under interim forfeiture order are rented by the following government agencies: Nigerian Army, Federal Ministry of Finance, Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
“Other agencies of government that have approached the commission to rent properties under interim forfeiture order include the National Human Rights Commission and National Council for Arts and culture.”