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Magu Killed High-profile Cases While Chasing After ‘yahoo Boys’; Salami Panel

The presidential panel investigating Ibrahim Magu accused the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of killing high-profile cases while pursuing Internet fraudsters known as “Yahoo Boys.”

The EFCC under Magu was said to have secured 2,446 convictions from 2015 to 2020 in the final report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2020, of which 2,115 had to do with Yahoo boys and 85 high-profile cases, TheCable can report.

The commission’s investigating officers, Abdulrasheed Bawa (now EFCC chairman), Shehu Ala, and Sambo Mayana, were said to have submitted executive briefs to Magu seeking permission to take legal action against high-profile suspects, but the former EFCC boss refused to grant the approval until the expiration of court orders.

The panel, led by former Supreme Court President Ayo Salami, was formed to investigate the EFCC from May 2015 to May 2020, when Magu was in charge.

According to TheCable, the report has now been submitted to the office of the secretary to the federation’s government.

According to presidential sources, a panel to create the white paper will be formed soon.

When TheCable contacted Magu’s lawyer, Wahab Shittu, for comment on the report, he declined, saying he wouldn’t speak on a document he hadn’t seen.

“The commission found that, of the 2446 convictions obtained by the EFCC between 2015 and 2020, only 85 were for high-profile and money laundering cases, accounting for 3.4%.” Of the total convictions.