DSS reacts to the reported arrest of EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu

DSS denies the arrest of EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu
Ernest Sunday

The Department of State Service has denied the report claiming that it has arrested the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.

According to the report from PR Nigeria on Monday 6th July, DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya explained the report which claimed that Department of State Service (DSS) arrested Ibrahim. Afuanya also revealed that the EFCC acting Chairman (Magu) was only invited for questioning in the Aso Rock by the Pannel.

It was reported that the EFCC chairman (Ibrahim Magu) was invited for questioning over allegation of diverting looted funds to abroad through a third party. Magu was served with the letter of invitation on his way for meeting at the Police headquarters Abuja.

This is coming a few days after Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), accused him of gross infractions.

Malami requested President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Magu over some “weighty” allegations, including the diversion of recovered loot.

Magu was picked up on Monday afternoon at the Wuse II, Abuja office of the EFCC.

The DSS in a 2016 report revealed that Magu was living in an N40m mansion.

“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 apartment 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. His preference for first-class air travels exemplifies this.

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 despite the 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.

Magu is yet to be confirmed as the substantive chairman of the EFCC despite occupying the position in an acting capacity for many years.

Reacting to the development, Nigerians on social media said some officials of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration are the most corrupt ever.

Some had to make a joke out of the whole thing by saying “The Head of the anti-corruption Agency arrested for corruption, as though it’s a Nollywood movie.

DSS arrests Head of Nigeria’s no.1 anti-corruption agency, Ibrahim Magu, for corruption. The bushmeat has entrapped the hunter.”

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