By Abdul Tukur
More details have emerged on the dirty dealings between Femi Falana, SAN, and three different chairmen of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
According to a reliable source, Mr Falana illegally obtained a house with address 42 Gana Street, Maitama Abuja.
The source who didn’t want their name in print said an investigation currently carried out by the Italian prosecutors revealed how Mr Falana, SAN received the house, which was an asset seized by the EFCC from Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar (popularly known as AA Oil).
The house situated in Maitama, Abuja is said to be worth up to one Billion Naira.
In 2016, the acting chair of the EFCC, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu was directed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to file a charge against all those involved in the awarding of the Oil Prospecting Licence, OPL 245, known as the Malabu Oil Deal.
Unfortunately Mr Magu filed a wrong suit by leaving out two main co-conspirators which were Italian oil giant, Shell and ENI.
This error was spotted by Mr Malami, SAN, so he requested for an amendment, using his ministerial supervisory role and power enshrined in Section (174) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Italian prosecutors are investigating the controversial $1.3 oil block (OPL 245) deal involving oil giants ENI and Royal Dutch Shell.
OPL 245, a licence awarded during the time of Military ruler, Sani Abacha, is said to be the largest in Africa.
“I have seen the court documents Mr Falana has so much to explain,” the source said.
He said he’d “also seen the documents to the house and its definitely belongs to Mr Falana.” The top official has promised to provide more details shortly.
DENISAURUS News reported on how Mr Falana, SAN, had and is still benefiting from the anti-graft agency due to the impunity of this anti-graft bosses.
In an opinion piece, a staff of the anti-graft commission said “Mr Falana, SAN is the greatest beneficiary of this impunity under the three musketeers, at EFCC. The senior lawyer had had his own share from most of the allegations on diversion of assets and properties recovered, under the leadership of these pioneer officers of the EFCC.
“Starting from the tenure of Nuhu Ribadu, the pioneer Chair of the EFCC, Mr Falana, SAN enjoyed his share and would never want anything that taints the person of Mallam Ribadu. One of the benefit derived by Mr Falana from Mallam Ribadu, is the Marble House located at IBB Way Maitama, Abuja.
“This was an asset that was seized by the then leadership of Mallam Ribadu, from an Oil Magnate- “AA Oil” in the early days of the EFCC.
“Till date, no one has been able to explain how that property left records of the EFCC to Mr Falana, SAN. With this, could anyone ever expect the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to lay a finger and tell his paymaster that they are wrong? Impossible. This is no excluding other pecuniary gains, which the senior lawyer had Curry from the musketeers.”
Meanwhile, Mr Magu whose nomination was rejected twice by the Senate due to an incriminating report missed a deadline given by the President, to provide a report of an account of monies recovered.
This news site reported in March 2017, that President Muhamadu Buhari made a request for the Borno born Police Officer to make a report on what he had done or recovered since 2015.
Despite all the recoveries made by Mr Magu, no conviction of any politically exposed person has been made.
President Buhari is said to be worried about the lack of convictions.
During his screening, Mr Magu a trained accountant, performed woefully. He was unable to give an estimate account on the amount recovered by the commission.