Monday, 6 July 2020

BREAKING NEWS: EFCC`S AG. CHAIRMAN, IBRAHIM MAGU, REPORTEDLY ARRESTED OVER CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS

Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS). According to Sahara Reporters Mr. Magu was arrested over allegations that he owns four properties. He was also alleged to have transferred funds abroad through a third party.

In 2016, DSS accused the EFCC boss of living in a N40m mansion paid for by one Umar Mohammed, a retired Air Commodore. The DSS report adds that on December 2010, the Police Service Commission (PSC) found Magu guilty of action prejudicial to state security – withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorized removal of EFCC files and acts unbecoming of a police officer, and awarded him severe reprimand as punishment. It noted that Magu is “currently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum. This accommodation was not paid [for] from the commission’s finances, but by one Umar Mohammed, air commodore retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service”.

According to the report, Mr. Magu had enlisted “the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m”

In one of such trips, the report added, Mr. Magu had flown to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed and a bank MD who was being investigated by the EFCC over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the immediate past petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

“Furthermore, the EFCC boss has so far maintained a high-profile lifestyle. This is exemplified by his preference for first-class air travels. On 24 June 2016, he flew Emirate airlines first-class to Saudi Arabia to perform lesser hajj at the cost of N2.9m. This is in spite of Mr President’s directive to all public servants to fly economy class. Magu has fostered a beneficial relationship with Mohammed who by his confession approaches clients for possible exploitation, favours and associated returns,” the DSS report said.

FCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale, did not take calls.

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However, a Channelstv version presented the report as follows:

Magu’s S.A. on Media, Tony Amokeodo, told Channels Television on Monday that the EFCC boss was only invited to answer questions regarding the allegations against the agency. According to him, Magu was invited to appear before a panel of the Federal Government set up to investigate the allegations of corruption levelled against him. The EFCC boss’ media aide said the panel is sitting at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. 
The account is corroborated by both Vanguard and Guardian Newspapers. Vanguard adds that journalists were barred from the Panel sitting:
"However, journalists who went to cover the event at about 3.20 pm, were turned back by security personnel. Even when the journalists who cover the State House decided to go to the press center at the Old Banquet Hall, they were politely told to excuse the place for a while. “They said you people should excuse the use of this place for today,” a security official detailed to the venue, politely told reporters. Magu was said to have been arrested by the DSS in Abuja on Monday, following allegations that he owns four properties and was allegedly transferring funds abroad through a third party. He was said to have been stopped in traffic while moving out of the Wuse II Annex of the EFCC in Abuja and the invitation was extended to him."


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