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

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.

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.



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    The application to jail Maguire seems to have merit, but it’s incomplete; Mr. Maguire is piling illegality upon illegality.

    He doesn’t seemto understand that the end does not justify the means.

    Even his Chairmanship is illegal. He is not only unconfirmed, he has been rejected twice by the Senate.

    How then can the agency function as a law enforcement entity?

    • Surfair Samuel

      Do you see why the senate will forever kick against the confirmation of this man called Magu? when the judiciary is supposed to assist in keeping calm cases of corrupt public office holders when such is presented to it and ensure that the right thing is done, they in the contrary will do their best and ensure such officers are freed on the basis of fundamental human rights. how will you be talking about human right abuse when you have deliberately set back to punish the people of Jigawa without any sense of reasoning? dont they have the right to life?
      i wish the senate confirm the chairman of the EFCC as a means of encouraging him to do more for our dear country. it is unfortunate where we have found ourselves.

      • Contact Point

        Sam u really av time educating a dunce like the so called africaner. He does nt need this bcuz he is a boot-licker to one or more of those rogues in the NASS. U r glorifying him with a response to his sick brain

  • Tommy Soto

    Wonder how many off-shore and secret foreign accounts Turaki used to stash that alleged N36 billion in stolen loot?

  • Du Covenant

    Nonsense!., this is how arrogant and brave they have become in Nigeria.

  • Frank Bassey

    Magu’s days are numbers.

  • Opekete

    Nigerian rogue lawyers are the one aiding and abetting corruption of the political elites.

  • 0tile

    The news has been very boring, we are waiting for Oduafraudian e-rat to hear about Biafra, then everyone of them and their mothers will jump in to mock and insult Biafrans. Right now it looks as if their tongues have cleaved to the roof of their mouths,

  • 0tile

    …Oduafraudian e-rats…

  • A Tahir

    Tragedy. Nigeria is indeed the gateway to hell. A rogue judge will free this criminal by the 20th of July. He will even get police escort and he will permanently evade arrest. Eventually, he will be acquitted of all charges making a mockery of the EFCC, the Nigerian judiciary (if it still exists) and the criminal justice system. A revolution by the people and perhaps resort to self help or jungle justice are the only alternatives left to deal with these bandits. Only God can save Nigeria from this calamity.

  • George

    Nigeria has become a sorrowful country.

    The constitution is written having in mind that people will commit crimes and by so doing taking to courts to defend themselves yet Human right obligation was insisted into the constitution just to ensure those that persecuting doesn’t take advantage to punish the alleged offenders until the court of law says otherwise.

    THis man has been investigated for over four years as EFCC claimed so why not charge him to court same day he was arrested and let the court do their work.

    Stealing under the Nigeria constitution still a bailable offence so if the court grant him bail is his right and if EFCC felt stealing shouldn’t get bail they should forward amendment to the Senate not accusing courts as if courts wrote the Nigeria constitution.