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Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by NadiaR(m): 5:55am On Jul 30



A former prosecutor with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission under the leadership of its suspended acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, has refused to pay him a joint sum of N763.9m in legal fees.

He, however, said amid several demands for his pay, Magu ordered his detention and prosecution on trumped up charges of bribing a judge.

Obla said this while reading out an 18-page letter to the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel titled, ‘Presentation In Respect of Malicious and Reckless Abuse of State Power of Investigation and Prosecution Resulting in Mismanagement of Forfeited Assets by Deliberate and Contrived Incompetence and Suspicious Dealing of Forfeited Assets’.

The senior advocate testified before the panel in the presence of Magu at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa on Monday. He also presented 12 questions to the panel which he said the suspended EFCC chairman must answer and made five recommendations

Obla, who presented over 10 documents to the panel including his bill of charges, said he prosecuted 40 cases for the EFCC including those of former bank chiefs sacked by the Central Bank of Nigeria under the leadership of Lamido Sanusi and also helped the commission recover hundreds of billions of naira in cash and assets.

He said, “As of date, the EFCC owes me an outstanding balance of N685, 389, 928.10 and $202,460.47 (N78.5m) or its naira equivalent at the prevailing Central Bank of Nigeria exchange rate, together with interest at prime lending rate, being professional fees for the prosecution of over 40 high profile cases. See Statement of Claim in Suit No: FCT/CV/3220/17 BETWEEN Obla v. EFCC.”

The senior advocate said all subsequent letters sent to the EFCC were ignored but the fee was never contested. He said rather than pay him his legal fees, Magu decided to level several allegations against him in order to discredit and deny him his due.

“In effect, Ibrahim Magu deliberately and maliciously denied me the fruits of my services for EFCC whilst putting me to great expense to defend a worthless charge,” the lawyer said.

The senior advocate, who helped the EFCC to secure the conviction of a former Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Temisan Omatseye, in 2016, said he in the course of the case which lasted for six years, he travelled from his base in Abuja to Lagos several times and made 46 court appearances but was not paid a penny.

He said despite securing the conviction for the EFCC, Magu accused him of bribing Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia to secure the conviction.

Obla said, “I have never made any payment of N5m or any other amount to Justice Ajumogobia. To the best of my recollection, the payment of N5m under reference was a payment I made on May 21, 2015 to a company named Nigel & Colive Nig. Ltd, for the purchase of building materials for my construction site in Abuja (now my present office building).

“At that material time of this commercial transaction and till date, I had no prior knowledge that Justice Ajumogobia had any interest whatsoever in the company.”

The senior advocate said based on the allegations, he was informed by EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, that Magu, had personally directed that he be detained and he remained in custody for 21 days before he was subsequently arraigned alongside the judge.

The senior advocate called on the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to ensure that the frivolous criminal charges brought against him were withdrawn.

Obla said after he received a letter of disengagement from the EFCC, he turned in all files and gave his professional opinion on how to ensure that the cases continue seamlessly.

He said unfortunately, the lackadaisical manner in which most of the matters had been handled either indicate that the matters had been compromised or constructively withdrawn or abandoned like the N18bn pension fraud case involving the Head of Service.

The senior advocate said Magu went ahead to unceremoniously redeploy the Head of Legal Department, Chile Okoroma, who was assigned those cases.

Obla added, “Secondly, material evidence, which we returned to EFCC custody, were seemingly, withheld from him as he severally reached out to my office for help. Next, when it seemed that Mr. Chile was gaining some traction with the pension fraud cases, Ibrahim Magu conveniently despatched Mr. Chile off to National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, thus foisting a constructive abandonment of the pension fraud cases.

“In 2016, when Ibrahim Magu took over the files, those pension fraud cases were all part-heard in various courts of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Today, most of those cases are now in limbo and constructively abandoned.

“It has been suggested that one of the reasons why the Pension Fraud prosecutions have been stalled/frustrated has to do with the interest of one Alhaji Ali Abatcha who is a kinsman of Ibrahim Magu. The said Alhaji Ali Abatcha was the president of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners and was undergoing prosecution by myself before Mr. Magu took over. The status of this case and others should be reviewed.”

When contacted on the telephone, a lawyer to Magu, Tosin Ojaomo, said it was unfortunate that the panel could invite someone facing corruption charges to testify against Magu.

Ojaomo admitted that Obla was being owed funds but said the EFCC had to verify the fee before payment could be made.

“Really it’s inexplicable, unexplainable, strange and the height of absurdity for a panel on a serious matter like this kind of investigation to be inviting suspects standing trial to testify against their prosecutor.

“The salami panel is offering its platform to those aggrieved one way or the other against Magu by inviting them to make presentations. The presentations/ allegations were not made available to Magu.

“Even elements with pending corruption cases in court are invited. People being prosecuted by the prosecuting agency are making wild allegations even when pending allegations have yet to be cleared in court.”

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by Nackzy: 5:59am On Jul 30
Magu is a very corrupt Police Officer, i know they're all Corrupt, sorry if your dad or mum or uncle or sister is one, only PDP guys (Saraki, Dino, Mike Ozokehme) were able to see it then but we didn't know, Now we know,

Buhari laid his fundation on Corruption, despite taking almost one year to choose his cabinet

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by Baawaa(m): 6:05am On Jul 30
Magu's enemies is plenty than friends grin grin grin

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by popsy2(m): 6:08am On Jul 30
“At that material time of this commercial transaction and till date, I had no prior knowledge that Justice Ajumogobia had any interest whatsoever in the company.”

If you believe this, then you may as well believe that the Earth is flat. It is not from my mouth that you will hear that some lawyers are liars. Anyways, for CAC company/business or NGO registration, annual returns, anything Tax or FIRs, NAFDAC etc, reach us at www. eNigeria. org.

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by StillWiz: 6:26am On Jul 30
I have a feeling there's more to Magu's corruption case. He's really a badass

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by ODB2: 6:40am On Jul 30
How can the state prosecution pay a Judge a bribe to secure a conviction?

Magu is truly a madman .

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by shortgun(m): 6:50am On Jul 30
ODB2:
How can the state prosecution pay a Judge a bribe to secure a conviction?

Magu is truly a madman .

It happens...it's all about the money.
The lawyer has a percentage that goes to him if the case ends in the commission's favour.

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by espn(m): 6:59am On Jul 30
Magu na thief...

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by adecz: 7:04am On Jul 30



Like many other lawyers & SANs,
these are the lawyers that corrupt
the legal system by bribing judges.

Imagine him claiming to buy goods
of N5m from the company that belongs
to a judge handling his case!!

You can never win against them
because they wine & dine with all the
judges of the major court establishments
in Nigeria.

They are the ones that negotiate
"Plea Bargains", when a public servant
steals N1bn & they will ask him to plead
guilty & pay N50m to government & go free.


Why didn't he make all these allegations
when he was under fire by Magu.


Magu is no angel, but this SAN is
just a disgrace trying to save his bad
name.

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by ODB2: 7:07am On Jul 30
shortgun:

It happens...it's all about the money.
The lawyer has a percentage that goes to him if the case ends in the commission's favour.

Not true.

The target was the Judge whom Buhari wanted out in his purge of the Judiciary which he wanted to be in the full control of his Sharia judges.

The lawyer even outlined how Magu framed him up to get to the judge.

Or what was the point of the EFCC prosecuting the case in court if not to secure a conviction. ?

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by Openbusiness4: 7:11am On Jul 30
Ok
Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by LibertyRep: 7:11am On Jul 30
Malami and his gang will line up everyone and anyone to make Magu sink deeper.

The thing is, Salami's panel isn't a court and can only make recommendations.

Take Magu to court already and spare us this drama.

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by FirstSon01: 7:13am On Jul 30
It's very obvious this guy refused to do Magu's bidding that's why he withheld his pay.

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by Ayoguy(m): 7:13am On Jul 30
We just keep hearing all this millions but nothing to show for it. Imagine a supposedly corruption fighter still promoting corruption itself.
Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by emapraiz(m): 7:14am On Jul 30
Magu Is a corrupt man that is fighting corruption

Who is fooling who

Him yansh don open finish

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by Gurusmark1: 7:15am On Jul 30
Magu is no angel, but this SAN is
just a disgrace trying to save his bad
name.

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by ikorodureporta: 7:15am On Jul 30
just reading the topic..no time for the story..
*"space for sale** make I take do salla holiday
Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by Sterope(f): 7:15am On Jul 30

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by afolayan001: 7:16am On Jul 30
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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by chibuike65: 7:17am On Jul 30
I cum in peace
Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by JesusJesus: 7:17am On Jul 30
Nigeria, scam
Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by Lanre4uonly(m): 7:18am On Jul 30
It is well.
Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by Techtrader65: 7:19am On Jul 30
N763 for legal fee?


I’m obviously in the wrong profession

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Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by Zico5(m): 7:20am On Jul 30
Ok
Re: Godwin Obla: Magu Ordered My Detention After I Demanded ₦763 Million Legal Fee by kutchs: 7:21am On Jul 30
adecz:



Like many other lawyers & SANs,
these are the lawyers that corrupt
the legal system by bribing judges.

Imagine him claiming to buy goods
of N5m from the company that belongs
to a judge handling his case!!

You can never win against them
because they wine & dine with all the
judges of the major court establishments
in Nigeria.

They are the ones that negotiate
"Plea Bargains", when a public servant
steals N1bn & they will ask him to plead
guilty & pay N50m to government & go free.


Why didn't he make all these allegations
when he was under fire by Magu.


Magu is no angel, but this SAN is
just a disgrace trying to save his bad
name.
He said he paid for the goods worth #5m to the company and at the time, he didn't know the coy has a link to the judge. Can you prove he knows before paying?

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