Magu Meets UAE Envoy To Deepen Anti-corruption War

Ibrahim-MaguThe Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday met with the United Arab Emirate (UAE) Ambassador to Nigeria, Mahmud Muhammad Al- Mahmud, to deepen the anti-corruption war.

At a meeting in Mr Magu’s office in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, both men discussed further cooperation that would see stolen funds returned to Nigeria.

The meeting came barely two weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari signed a Mutual Legal Assistance agreement with the UAE on the repatriation of stolen funds and extradition of indicted officials.

At the meeting, the EFCC boss called for the strengthening of the existing relationship between Nigeria and the UAE, with a view to effectively tackling corruption within the African continent.

Mr Magu said: “The fight against graft requires the collaborative support of all and sundry, most especially the international community for it to be won”.

Ssafe Haven

According to the EFCC boss, the present administration in Nigeria was poised to recover the nation’s commonwealth looted and laundered in foreign countries by corrupt elements.

He said the Commission had intelligence that the UAE was considered a safe haven by corrupt politically exposed persons in Nigeria.

“I have come to seek your support and cooperation just as we had in the case of Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, James Ibori, among others to get the mission accomplished,” Magu told the UAE envoy.

On his part, the UAE Ambassador, Al- Mahmud, pledged the support of his country to Nigeria’s anti-graft war.

“No country can be an island on its own without the support of others,” he stressed.

Lamorde’s Questioning: Keyamo Sues Nigerian Senate

Keyamo Writes Senate, Serves Court ProcessesThe Bailiff of the Federal High Court in Abuja has served the Nigerian Senate with court processes filed by Mr Festus Keyamo.

Mr Keyamo, who is a lawyer to the immediate past Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, is challenging the Senate and its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on their competence to question his client’s activities while in office.

A statement signed by a private secretary to Mr Keyamo revealed that a letter had also been sent to the Chairman of the Senate committee.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

The former EFCC boss had challenged the powers of the Senate and its committee to invite him to appear before them.

In an originating summons filed by Mr Keyamo, Lamorde is asking the court to determine whether the Senate can invite the former EFCC boss to appear before them, as a person whose conduct of affairs is being investigated by them in relation to issues concerning the office he vacated.