By Danjuma Aliyu
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, might be bowing out soon, but he wants to cause more havoc before he does.
DENSIAURUS News understands that following a court ruling that upheld the Senate’s rejection of Ibrahim Mustafa Magu as fourth chairman of the anti-graft commission, a sinister plot is being schemed out.
One of Mr Magu’s plan is being orchestrated through the filing of a two-count charge of fraud against Danladi Umar, chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The suit filed by Festus Keyamo, SAN on behalf of the EFCC reads: “that you, DANLADI YAKUBU UMAR, being the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and presiding over a case with Charge No. CCT/ABJ/03/12, involving one Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, sometime in 2012, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did ask for the sum of N10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira) from the said Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, for a favour to be afterwards shown to him in relation to the pending Charge (No. CCT/ABJ/03/12) in discharge of your official duties and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 12(1)(a) & (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003.”
Justice Umar, who said that the EFCC had no case against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki was previously charged with the same allegation.
However, DENISAURUS News understands that the anti-graft agency led by Mr Magu, had cleared the tribunal chief.
The decision to file the same charge of fraud against Justice Danladi is seen as an attempt to “blackmail” the judge.
Social media users questioned Mr Magu’s judgement over the fresh charges against the tribunal judge, stating that Senator Saraki’s doubts about Justice Umar’s sainthood were once dismissed by the anti-graft boss.
Sources in the EFCC say, Mr Magu is bitter that he was not confirmed.
A staff said: “Our boss blames the Senate President for his non-confirmation. T
“This blackmail charge against Justice Danladi is to see how he can by hook or crook nail Senator Saraki.”