Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu has asked the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Kafarati to withdraw all case files involving him and the commission from Justice Binta Nyako over “likelihood of bias and conflict of interest”.
The request is contained in a petition written to Justice Kafarati on Magu’s behalf by his counsel, Wahab Shittu.
There are 11 consolidated cases involving Magu and EFCC before Justice Nyako.
Shittu said the request was not due to ill-will or disrespect towards the judge or her esteemed office.
“We have no intention to malign or disparage the character of Hon. Justice Binta Nyako who our firm holds in high esteem.”
Magu, while instructing Shittu, said: “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 Nyako (rtd.) and Senator Abdulaziz Nyako.”