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Presidential panel begins verification of seized assets Under Magu

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The Presidential panel has begun probe of physical verification of all assets seized by the EFCC under the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

The panel, led by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, has visited Lagos, Abuja, Rivers State and a few other major offices of the commission.

According to The Punch, the panel said the aim of the exercise was to verify claims made by Magu regarding the seizure of assets.

A source to the panel, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “Members of the panel have been visiting major zonal offices of the EFCC. We have visited Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and we will visit Ibadan this week.

“Some houses are also being occupied by strange persons. Magu claims to have obtained presidential approval to allocate the properties to them. Unfortunately, he has not been able to provide the letter of authorisation he purportedly got from the President.

“A lot of vehicles that were seized were also in a bad shape. Some of these vehicles had some parts of their engines removed while for some others, tyres had been removed. We are compiling all the reports.”

The report further revealed that the final report would be submitted to President Buhari, most likely next week.

“As you know, we ended sittings like two weeks ago. It is the verification that is delaying us. Once we are done with our nationwide tour, we will compile our report and send it to the President,” he said.

Mr. Magu and over 13 other senior officials of the EFCC including its Secretary, Ola Olukoyede, were suspended in July following a report by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), accusing Magu of being unable to account for the interest that accrued to over N550bn recovered funds.

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