Ibrahim Magu, the embattled chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) allegedly used a pastor to launder funds abroad, the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) reveals.
Recall that Ibrahim Magu is currently being interrogated by a panel headed by Ayo Salami, former president of the appeal court.
Magu was also accused of not being transparent in managing assets recovered by the commission.
According to a report of PCARA, a panel which probed the federal government assets recovered by the EFCC from May 2015 to May 2020, one Emmanuel Omale, a pastor at Hand of God Prophetic Ministry was said to have been used by Magu to launder funds.
Omale’s name was reportedly uncovered during an investigation on EFCC’s activities by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).
According to The Cable, the cleric bought a landed property worth N573 million in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on behalf of Magu.
“Another individual who is helping in laundering funds for the Acting Chairman and who has been referred to in several petitions is one Pastor Emmanuel Omale (Hand of God Prophetic Ministry),” the report read.
“He is reported to have travelled to Dubai with Mr Magu and his name was used in purchasing property in Dubai for Mr Magu.
“As an unknown pastor, the NFIU’s report showed huge movement of funds ranging from N573,228,040.41.”
The report also covered the case of Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum.
PCARA accused Magu of failing to cooperate with authorities in the United Kingdom to facilitate effective prosecution of the case.