By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, to transfer to another judge, all their matter pending at Justice Binta Nyako’s court.
According to the letter of authority signed by Magu, the anti-graft agency stated that, “the application is necessary to avoid bias and conflict of interest because the commission is prosecuting the spouse and step son of His Lordship, namely; Admiral Murtala Bhaji (rtd) and Senator Abdulazeez Nyako respectively”.
The commission insisted that all cases involving the agency and its acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu be transferred from Justice Binta Nyako ‘s court to any other judge in the court.
In a letter through it counsel, Wahab Shittu, the prosecution agency had in a letter dated July 31 and addressed to Justice Kafarati, first requested for the transfer all the cases against Magu from Justice Nyako ‘s court.
In another letter dated July 30, the agency wrote to its counsel, authorising him to apply for a re-assigment of all cases involving Magu and pending before Justice Nyako.
However miffed by the delay in attending to its request, the anti-graft in another letter dated October 5 and addressed to the registrar of Justice Nyako ‘s court reminding him of the earlier letter.
The letter reads in part, “Respectfully, we write to draw His Lordship’s attention to our letter dated 31st July, 2018, addressed to the honorable Chief Judge of the Federal High Court conveying our client’s request to the Chief Judge to the Federal High Court that all matter concerning the subject matter above be transferred from this honorable court for reasons contained on our clients attaches letter.
“Respectfully we tremble in requesting that out client’s position be respected in the interest of justice in this matter.
“Kindly draw his lordship attention to our clients ‘ predicament as expressed in attached letter now receiving the consideration of his Lordship, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.”