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11 Jun 2017

Alleged N10b assets: EFCC clears investigator Madaki

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has cleared one of its top investigators, Alhaji Abubakar Madaki, of allegations of acquiring assets worth N10billion.
The agency dismissed the allegations against Madaki as unfounded and a cheap blackmail.
It said its findings showed that Madaki has only three plots of land in some villages which are worth only N1.5million
The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr.  Wilson Uwujaren, made the clarifications against the backdrop of reports by an online newspaper.
The paper had claimed that the investigator, who has handled many high-profile cases, acquired 474 hectares of land and two houses in highbrow Wuse 2 of Abuja, including a N200million for a girlfriend.
But Uwujaren said the EFCC findings showed that the smear campaign against Madaki was hatched by a suspect
He said:  “For those who don’t know, Madaki is a native of Keffi and his family has land assets.  Part of the land he is alleged to have acquired belongs to the family. The ones that are not owned by the family, he legitimately acquired with evidence.”
“What he paid to acquire the land he has in remote parts of Keffi was not anywhere near the figures being bandied by his detractors. Even if you put the whole of Keffi up for sale, it is unlikely to fetch N10 billion!”
“There is evidence that the campaign of calumny is being bankrolled by a suspect who believes that Madaki instigated his investigation by the commission.”
The EFCC spokesman also clarified that Madaki does not have two houses in Wuse 2 contrary to insinuations.
Uwujaren added: “The allegation that he owns two houses in Wuse 2 is ridiculous. Where are the houses located and when were they bought? From whom did he buy the houses? Who is the girlfriend that got a N200m house from him?”
“These are questions that any serious journalist should investigate. But I can tell you, for free, that there is nothing to the allegations.”
Documents indicated the three plots of land credited to the investigator in Keffi amounted to N1.45 million instead of the N10 billion allegedly reported by an online newspaper.
Findings confirmed that in 2010, the investigator acquired a plot of land at Angwan Kyero, along Madubi Road for N150,000 from one Gaskiya Auta.
Also, between 2011 and 2012, Madaki bought a plot of land at Angwan Chediya from one late Alhaji Zakari Jibirin, for N600,000 and payment was made in installments.
Another plot of land at Anwan Sarkin Mada was sold to Madaki by his cousin, Muazu Ishaq, a retired permanent secretary, for N700,000 with payment made in three tranches.
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