The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has again insisted that all cases involving the agency and its acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu be transferred from Justice Binta Nyako ‘s court to any other judge in the court.
The EFCC, through its counsel, Wahab Shittu, had in a letter dated July 31 and addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Abdu-Kafarati, first requested for the transfer of all the cases against Magu from Justice Nyako ‘s court.
The reason for the request was contained in another letter the agency wrote on July 30 authorising him to apply for the consolidation of all cases involving Magu and pending before Justice Nyako.
According to the letter of authority signed by Magu, the anti-graft agency stated that, “the application is necessary to avoid bias and conflict of interest because the commission is prosecuting the spouse and step son of His Lordship, namely; Admiral Murtala Bhaji (rtd) and Senator Abdulazeez Nyako respectively”.
Not satisfied over the delay in attending to its request, the anti-graft agency in another letter dated October 5 and addressed to the registrar of Justice Nyako ‘s court reminded him of the earlier letter.
The letter reads in part, “Respectfully, we write to draw His Lordship’s attention to our letter dated 31st July, 2018, addressed to the honorable Chief Judge of the Federal High Court conveying our client’s request to the Chief Judge to the Federal High Court that all matter concerning the subject matter above be transferred from this honorable court for reasons contained on our client’s attached letter.
“Respectfully we tremble in requesting that our clients’ position be respected in the interest of justice in this matter.
“Kindly draw his lordship attention to our clients ‘ predicament as expressed in attached letter now receiving the consideration of his Lordship, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court”.
The matters in question are; Barr Bello Bakari V AGF; Abubakar Sani V The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Jibrin Samuel Okutepa V President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Lady Chidinma Udebani.
Others are the Incorporated Trustees of Justice Mission International V AGF; Barr Alia Jamilu V President, Federal Republic of Nigeria&4 others; Emmanuel Esero V Ibrahim Magu; Registered Trustees of African Patriotic Youth Assembly V Ibrahim Magu & 6 others.
Also, the agency wants the cases ; Wale Balogun V the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and 4 others; Chijioke Kanu V AGF and Johnmary Chukwukasi Jideobi V the Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria and 3 others be transferred.
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