Damijay Integrated Services LTD, a company claiming to have fallen victim to a syndicate purportedly working for suspended Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has petition the DSS demanding it takes over investigation into it’s case.
The company in the petition addressed to the Director-General, DSS, said it fell into the hands of the syndicate as it engaged the services of a lawyer, Victor Giwa Esq to unseal it’s Access Bank account with a Post-No-Debit Order said to have be slammed by the EFCC
The petition by their counsel, Johnmary Chukwukasi Jideobi, Esq. alleged that the Victor Giwa later turned out to have played a fast one on them working with one Fatima Hassan Esq.
The petitioner said Giwa informed their client that the agents of the EFCC after collecting 75 Million Naira (75, 000,000.00) later demanded 40% of the total sum in the company’s account (aggregating to One Hundred Million Naira) to unseal the account.
The petition said that based on their refusal to increase the ‘bribe’ money, they were arraigned in court by the EFCC
“It was two (2) days after the refusal of our Client to dance to the unlawful tune of the agents of the EFCC that they now cobbled an amended charge to haul it before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory so as to possibly overbear/crush his will and stampede it into parting with its hard-earned money,” they said.
They said that be based on damaging evidence presented before the Justice Ayo Salami panel probing the EFCC, Barrister FATIMA HASSAN and VICTOR GIWA, Esq. were arrested within the premises of the Old Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Villa, interrogated by the EFCC and later released on bail.
They therefore expressed fears that the EFCC may not sincerely investigate the said Giwa and Hassan, suspecting an unholy alliance with the anti-graft body.
According to them “The EFCC having come under suspicion of being one of the parties to this crime (participe criminis) being complained of, the foremost requirement of natural justice which is that a man must never be a judge in his own case often expressed in Latin as: Nemo Judex In Causa Sua makes it absurd that it is the same EFCC trying to investigate/prosecute the crime in which it is entangled.
“This comedy of the absurd gravely offends Section 36(1) of our amended 1999 Constitution. We are strongly opposed to the purported interrogation of Barristers VCITOR GIWA AND FATIMA HASSAN by the same EFCC implicated in the outrageous crime of extortion as revealed in the audio recordings now part of the material forming the bedrock of the instant petition.
“It is said that justice is rooted in confidence and justice must not only be done but seen to be done in all circumstances. We are constrained to ask these questions: (a) where is the justice in allowing the already tainted EFCC to prosecute BARRISTERS VICTOR GIWA and FATIMA HASSAN? (b) Should Ibrahim Magu and implicated EFCC staff not be taken in for interrogation in the circumstances? (c) Should Barrister FATIMA HASSAN and the owners of the Bank Account numbers she supplied to VICTOR GIWA (which he in turn sent to our Client for the payment of bribe) not be investigated? (d) can there be any unbiased investigation by the EFCC of these atrocities when the principal actors in this heist have been pointing accusing fingers in its direction? (e) Can there be any serious prosecution of BARRISTERS VICTOR GIWA and FATIMA HASSAN by the EFCC where the available hardcore evidence (implicating both the EFCC and Mr. Ibrahim Magu) would be presented in an open Court? (f) whose interest would be served should Barristers VICTOR GIWA and FATIMA HASSAN be prosecuted by the EFCC?”
In summary, they said “Allowing the EFCC to purport to ‘investigate’ and ‘prosecute’ BARRISTERS VICTOR GIWA AND FATIMA HASSAN in these extremely scandalous circumstances would be a joke carried too far.
“That would be working towards a pre-determined end. No discerning mind in these perfidious circumstances needs the astrological skills of the legendary Nostradamus to foretell the outcome of such a mockery of justice. It is a clear example of working from the answer to the question. Indeed, a caricature of prosecution
“The EFCC must be told in the clearest of language to stop the charade forthwith! They must not (under no circumstance) be allowed to use the platform of the Judiciary to stage-manage a micromanaged prosecution and pull the wool over the eyes of the discerning members of the Nigerian public.
They therefore prayed that the DSS invite the Acting Chairman of the EFCC for thorough investigation regarding the revelations made in the tapes now attached as Exhibits 3A & 3B alongside Mr. Ibrahim Magu, Barristers Victor Giwa and Fatima Hassan as a matter of urgent national security importance.
“That your office follows through with the outcome of your dispassionate investigation so as to ensure that anyone found culpable is given his opportunity in the open Court.
“That the banks account listed herein be forensically examined and all the call logs between and among Victor Giwa, Esq., Fatima Hassan, Ibrahim Magu, Amina Kigbu and the implicated be applied for and obtained from the telecommunication network providers with a view to ascertaining the frequency and nature of communications between and among all the persons against whom this petition has been brought inclusive of their bank statement of account.”