Ex-governor who evaded arrest for three years wants Magu jailed

Saminu Turaki [Photo Credit: QEDNG]
Saminu Turaki [Photo Credit: QEDNG]

An FCT High Court was on Monday asked to commit the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, for contempt of court for refusing to release former Jigawa governor, Saminu Turaki, on bail.

The application was filed before Justice Yusuf Halilu, who is the vacation Judge.

Mr. Turaki was arrested on charges of money laundering by EFCC at a public function on July 4 following a bench warrant the commission said it got at a Federal High Court in Dutse, Jigawa in 2014.

However, the former governor went to court to seek enforcement of his fundamental human right arguing that the period of his detention by the EFCC had gone beyond the stipulated 48 hours provided by the constitution.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Justice Yusuf Halilu on July 13, ordered EFCC to release the former governor from its custody on bail.

Under the bail conditions, Mr. Turaki was expected to present two sureties who must have a verifiable means of livelihood and must be resident within the FCT.


SGF Campaign AD

He was also ordered to deposit all his travel documents with the court registry and to report to EFCC every two weeks for signing of a register that would be opened for him.

However, the EFCC filed a motion on July 14 asking the court to set aside the bail it granted to him.

According to EFCC, the bail condition is too liberal and that the matter is already before the Abuja Federal High Court as at the time the court granted the bail.

In an application filed on his behalf by Regina Okotie-Eboh of Rickey Tarfa Chambers, Mr. Turaki is praying the court to jail Magu for disobeying its order.

He is also praying the court to compel the commission to release him from custody and rule that it has jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Justice Halilu adjourned until July 20 to hear the application.



SGF Campaign AD

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: This space is available for a Text_Ad.. Call Willie on +2347088095401 for more information

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.