Reps Issues Arrest Warrant On Magu For Shunning Summons
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant against the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, for failing to appear before it.
It is understood that the Committee had, at different times, summoned Mr. Magu to appear before it on a petition by former first lady, Patience Jonathan.
It now wants Mr. Magu to be arrested and presented before it on November 7, after his failure to appear before the panel despite several invitations.
The former First Lady had some of her accounts frozen by some banks following an investigation launched by the EFCC. But a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordered that all the accounts should be unfrozen.
She consequently sent a petition to the House against the EFCC, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), among others, alleging harassment from them.
At the continuation of sitting on the petition in Abuja, the committee, which gave Mr. Magu up to October 4 to appear, lamented that the EFCC chairman was nonchalant on the matter.
The panel, chaired by Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (Abia-PDP), said it had sent several letters inviting the EFCC chairman to appear and clear the air on the directive the commission gave some banks to freeze Mrs. Jonathan’s accounts.
A member of the committee, Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers), consequently moved that a bench warrant be issued against Mr. Magu to appear before the panel on the next adjourned date.
All the members of the committee present at the sitting supported the motion.
The chairman of the committee then ruled that a bench warrant be issued against Mr. Magu.
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