Why I visited Rivers chief judge - Ibrahim Magu

Why I visited Rivers chief judge - Ibrahim Magu

- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has given reason its acting chairman Ibrahim Magu visited the chief judge of Rivers state

- The commission said Magu visit was not connected to any of EFCC's cases pending before the judge

- EFCC said Magu's visit was a courtesy call in line with a working visit to the commission's headquarters of the South-South zonal office in Port Harcourt

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday, May 9, has given reason its acting chairman Ibrahim Magu visited the chief judge of Rivers state Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra.

The commission in a statement signed by its spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren said Magu visit was not connected to any of EFCC's cases pending before the judge.

Uwujaren said Magu's visit was a courtesy call in line with a working visit to the commission's headquarters of the South-South zonal office in Port Harcourt.

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“Apart from the Chief Judge, Magu also visited the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed.

“Indeed, it is a matter of routine courtesy for the EFCC boss to visit critical stakeholders, particularly law enforcement and justice sector leaders in zones where the commission maintain offices," Magu said.

Why I visited Rivers chief judge - Ibrahim Magu

The commission said Magu visit was not connected to any of EFCC's cases pending before the judge

“Such gestures are not meant to compromise or influence them to favour the commission in the discharge of their responsibilities,’’ he said.

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Magu further added that it was important for the commission to clarify issues on the chairman's visit over report of disquiet in the state.

He said reports that, "the state House of Assembly is considering passing a resolution calling for the suspension of the chief judge for receiving Magu" lacks basis.

“Justice Laminkara is not the first Chief Judge to host Magu and it will be distasteful to malign her over a civilised gesture of receiving a head of a federal agency.

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“Many judges have hosted Magu without a whimper from any quarter. Before now, the EFCC boss visited the Chief Judges of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States.

“At the federal level, he has paid courtesy visits to the Chief Judges of the Federal High Court, the Federal Capital Territory High Court and the President of the Court of Appeal.

“These visits have not stopped the commission from losing cases before judges under the supervision of these respected judicial officials,’’ the EFCC spokesperson noted.

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