Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee

A previous examiner with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission under the authority of its suspended acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, has wouldn’t pay him a joint total of N763.9m in lawful charges.

He, in any case, said in the midst of a few requests for his compensation, Magu requested his detainment and arraignment on exaggerated accusations of paying off an appointed authority.

Obla said this while perusing out a 18-page letter to the Justice Ayo Salami-drove Presidential board named, ‘Introduction In Respect of Malicious and Reckless Abuse of State Power of Investigation and Prosecution Resulting in Mismanagement of Forfeited Assets by Deliberate and Contrived Incompetence and Suspicious Dealing of Forfeited Assets’.

The senior backer affirmed before the board within the sight of Magu at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa on Monday. He likewise introduced 12 inquiries to the board which he said the suspended EFCC executive must answer and made five proposals

Obla, who introduced more than 10 reports to the board including his bill of charges, said he indicted 40 cases for the EFCC including those of previous bank boss terminated by the Central Bank of Nigeria under the initiative of Lamido Sanusi and furthermore helped the commission recoup many billions of naira in real money and resources.

He stated, “As of date, the EFCC owes me an extraordinary equalization of N685, 389, 928.10 and $202,460.47 (N78.5m) or its naira identical at the overall Central Bank of Nigeria conversion standard, along with enthusiasm at prime loaning rate, being proficient expenses for the arraignment of more than 40 prominent cases. See Statement of Claim in Suit No: FCT/CV/3220/17 BETWEEN Obla v. EFCC.”

The senior promoter said every resulting letter sent to the EFCC were disregarded yet the expense was rarely challenged. He said instead of pay him his lawful charges, Magu chose to level a few claims against him so as to ruin and deny him his due.

“Basically, Ibrahim Magu purposely and malignantly precluded me the organic products from claiming my administrations for EFCC while putting me to incredible cost to safeguard a useless charge,” the attorney said.

The senior backer, who helped the EFCC to make sure about the conviction of a previous Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Temisan Omatseye, in 2016, said he over the span of the case which went on for a long time, he went from his base in Abuja to Lagos a few times and showed up however was not paid a penny.

He said regardless of making sure about the conviction for the EFCC, Magu blamed him for paying off Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia to make sure about the conviction.

Obla stated, “I have never made any installment of N5m or some other add up to Justice Ajumogobia. To the best of my memory, the installment of N5m under reference was an installment I made on May 21, 2015 to an organization named Nigel and Colive Nig. Ltd, for the acquisition of building materials for my building site in Abuja (presently my current place of business).

“At that material time of this business exchange and till date, I had no earlier information that Justice Ajumogobia had any intrigue at all in the organization.”

The senior promoter said dependent on the charges, he was educated by EFCC investigator, Rotimi Oyedepo, that Magu, had by and by coordinated that he be confined and he stayed in authority for 21 days before he was in this manner summoned close by the adjudicator.

The senior promoter approached the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to guarantee that the trivial criminal allegations brought against him were pulled back.

Obla said after he got a letter of withdrawal from the EFCC, he turned in all records and offered his expert input on the most proficient method to guarantee that the cases proceed consistently.

He said sadly, the languid way where the greater part of the issues had been taken care of either demonstrate that the issues had been undermined or productively pulled back or deserted like the N18bn annuity extortion case including the Head of Service.

The senior supporter said Magu proceeded to unceremoniously redeploy the Head of Legal Department, Chile Okoroma, who was doled out those cases.

Obla included, “Furthermore, material proof, which we came back to EFCC care, were apparently, retained from him as he severally contacted my office for help. Next, when it appeared that Mr. Chile was increasing some footing with the annuity extortion cases, Ibrahim Magu advantageously despatched Mr. Chile off to National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, along these lines foisting a productive deserting of the benefits extortion cases.

“In 2016, when Ibrahim Magu assumed control over the documents, those benefits extortion cases were all part-heard in different courts of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Today, the greater part of those cases are currently in an in-between state and valuably relinquished.

“It has been recommended that one reason why the Pension Fraud indictments have been slowed down/disappointed has to do with the enthusiasm of one Alhaji Ali Abatcha who is a brother of Ibrahim Magu. The said Alhaji Ali Abatcha was the leader of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners and was experiencing indictment without anyone else before Mr. Magu dominated. The status of this case and others ought to be checked on.”

When reached on the phone, a legal advisor to Magu, Tosin Ojaomo, said tragically the board could welcome somebody dealing with debasement indictments to affirm against Magu.

Ojaomo conceded that Obla was being owed reserves yet said the EFCC needed to confirm the charge before installment could be made.

“Actually it’s puzzling, unexplainable, abnormal and the tallness of craziness for a board on a genuine issue like this sort of examination to be welcoming presumes being investigated to affirm against their examiner.

“The salami board is offering its foundation to those abused one way or the other against Magu by welcoming them to make introductions. The introductions/charges were not made accessible to Magu.

“Indeed, even components with pending defilement cases in court are welcomed. Individuals being indicted by the arraigning organization are making wild charges in any event, while pending claims presently can’t seem to be cleared in court.”

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