By Ameh Ejekwonyilo
A businessman and philanthropist, Alhaji Abdulhamid Mahmud Zari has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to order the investigation of Abubakar Madaki, a Personal Assistant to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu over alleged acts of extortion and abuse of office.
Abubakar Madaki, is also a retired Superintendent of Police and currently the head of Economic Governance of EFCC.
Besides, in separate petitions addressed to the President and the AGF by the chambers of Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and dated June 1, 2018, the petitioner, Alhahi Abdulhamid Mahmud Zari, wants the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to compel the arraignment of Madaki, before the Nassarawa State High Court.
The petitioner is the Managing Director of G – Complex Nig. Ltd, a company that he has been using to develop Gunduma village, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, which incidentally is also the hometown of Abubakar Aliyu Madaki.
Besides accusing Madaki of attempt to perverse and truncate the course of justice, the petitioner narrated how he (Madaki) instigated the EFCC against him, by going after all his business partners for no just course.
According to the petitioner, “letters of invitations were sent to all my business partners directing them to come and disclose every transaction they ever made with me financially and otherwise.”
The petition signed by Chief Mike Ozekhome reads “It is our client’s instructions that on the 26th of March, 2017, the said Abubakar Aliyu Madaki, visited his house in Guruduma Town and further threatened our client, telling him that he will use his powers to deal with him.
“Our client informed us that he was therefore not surprised when EFCC operatives, from Procurement Fraud Section led by one Hamza Abdulahi, 2ic in the said Procurement Fraud Section, then headed by the same Abubakar Aliyu Madaki, invaded our client’s home and business premises without a search warrant or court order.
” It is our client’s instruction that the said operatives of EFCC, carted away his personal properties including his International Passport, landed property documents and countless other belongings of our client and is still holding on to same till date.
“It is our client’s further instructions that the operatives from the procurement fraud section of EFCC, then headed by the same Abubakar Aliyu Madaki, informed him that the raid on his home and business premises was prompted by a whistleblower as no petition or report was shown to him.
“That despite not finding anything incriminating in the course of their illegal search of our client’s premises, they arrested our client and took him to the EFCC headquarters.
“It is our client’s instruction that he was purportedly released on bail after the said EFCC operatives forcefully extorted the sum of Four Million Naira(N4,000,000.00) from him, promising to release all the documents carted away by them in the course of the illegal search on his premises.”