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Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu could be heading to prison soon after a chief magistrate court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) issued a notice of committal action against him.
Daily Trust reports that Magistrate Okeagu Azubuike of the court in Mpape on Friday, December 15 signed a Form 48 titled ‘Notice of Consequences of Disobedience to Order of Court’ against Magu for failing to honour a direct court order.
“Take notice that unless you obey the order of court contained in the ruling of the court discharging the expired remand warrant issued by the honourable court and ordering the release of the applicant to his freedom on the 1st of December, 2016, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to committal to prison,” the judge stated in the order.
The order follows the reluctance of the EFCC to release a businessman Na’im Lawal who was arrested by EFCC officials on October 14 in Katsina over allegations of conspiracy, theft of government money, money laundering and obtaining under false pretense.
On December 1, the EFCC issued an order for Lawal’s release but the EFCC refused. Now, the court has told the EFCC boss Magu he could be arrested if he continues to ignore the order and also prevent himself from being served the order by court bailiffs.
Recall that Magu had been warned that he risked a jail term for contempt of court over the same case.