The Leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has placed a ban on solidarity visits to, and phone calls by suspects in the Commission’s detention facilities.
Sunday Telegraph learnt that the said ban on visits and phone calls was conveyed in a circular from the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu. Sources who confirmed the development, said it followed the recent visits of prominent personalities to former Director of Media, Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi-Fani Kayode, former Ministers of State for Defence, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senators Musiliu Obanikoro, and Bala Mohammed respectively.
A former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to ex-President Jonathan, Dr. Reuben Abati, was also a beneficiary of the solidarity visits. While Obanikoro and Abati have since been released on administrative bail, Fani-Kayode and Mohammed, are still in the anti-graft agency’s custody in Abuja. The EFCC’s latest action is said to be causing detainees and inmates untold hardship, as they can neither reach their family members, nor lawyers.
One of the sources, who spoke in confidence with this newspaper, said: “Following the release of Obanikoro and Abati, the EFCC has placed a ban on all visits, and stopped all suspects and inmates from making calls to their lawyers, family members, and loved ones. “This is due to the number of solidarity visits that many of the politicians in custody, including Mohammed and Fani-Kayode, are receiving.
“The order was contained in a circular from the Acting EFCC Chairman Magu.”
According to the source, this has resulted in untold hardship among over 60 per cent of the country’s population and those in the EFCC custody in Abuja.
When Sunday Telegraph called the Commission for official comments, its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said he has not seen the any circular in such manner.
It will be recalled that the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Dioce, Rt. Rev (Dr) Matthew Hassan Kukah, had visited the quartet in detention. The National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi and members of the committee, and many other top politicians, had paid similar visits.