Nigeria’s Anti-Graft Head Suspended Amid Reports of Impropriety..
Nigeria’s Federal Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami on the 19th of June had recommended in a memo to President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Anti Graft head over several grounds including misconduct, diversion of recovered loot and insubordination.
Reports of Arrest by Nigeria’s Secret Police
Department of State Security DSS, Nigeria’s secret police on Monday afternoon arrested the Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Ibrahim Magu outside its offices in Wuse II Abuja but a spokesperson for the secret police Peter Afunanya in a media statement said “DSS wishes to inform the public that it did not arrest Ibrahim Magu, acting EFCC chairman as has been reported by sections of the media.
His statement refuted the claim that the Anti corruption boss was arrested by its operatives.
Ibrahim Magu has been in acting capacity for five years now after the senate of the the Republic refused to swear him into office as the substantive head of the agency.
Despite several reports of his arrest coming out from Nigeria, the Media aide to the anti-graft head Tony Amokedo also was reported to have said that his boss was not arrested but only invited by a panel probing allegations against the agency.
A 2016 report by the DSS Indicting Ibrahim Magu reads;
“In December 2010, the Police Service Commission (PSC) found Magu guilty of action prejudicial to state security – withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorised removal of EFCC files and acts unbecoming of a police officer, and awarded him severe reprimand as punishment”.
“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”.
“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu 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”.
“Investigations show that the acting EFCC chairman regularly embarked on official and private trips through a private jet owned by Mohammed. “In one of such trips, Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed with 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 report said.