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March 17, 2017

What EFCC Boss Magu told Buhari about SSS allegations

In response to the query President Muhammadu Buhari ordered, the embattled acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, questioned the sincerity and motive of the State Security Service, SSS, which accused him of integrity deficiency and professional misconduct, official correspondence showed.

The SSS’ allegations blocked Mr. Magu’s confirmation as the substantive chairman of the EFCC, twice, as the agency repeatedly advised the Senate to reject his nomination because “MAGU has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.”

After the Senate first rejected Mr. Magu’s nomination by Mr. Buhari in December 2016, citing the allegations made against the nominee by the SSS, the President authorised the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to investigate the validity of the allegationsIn compliance, Mr. Malami on December 19 asked Mr. Magu to “respond within 48 hours” to the SSS’ allegations.

In his response, on December 21, Mr. Magu said he considered all the issues raised against him and provided “point-by-point response.”

MISSING FILES AND DISMISSAL FROM EFCC
Mr. Magu admitted official documents relating to cases under investigation were found in his private home when raided “on the order of Mrs. Farida Waziri when she succeeded Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as the chairman of the EFCC.”

But in defence, he said at the time, he had not formally handed over to Umar Sanda, his successor as head of Economic Governance Unit; and carrying out his duty at the time was impossible without working from home“The documents found in my house were actually found in my office bag where I kept documents relating to investigations,” he said. “I was in the process of handing over and it would be wrong to suggest that I wilfully kept the Commission’s files at home.”

Following the matter, Mr. Magu was placed on suspension without pay for 20 months during which the police was carrying out investigation, he said.

“But in the end, I was reprimanded, recalled and promoted to Assistant Commissioner of Police.”

He continued: “It is important sir, to draw your attention to the fact that some of us that worked closely with Ribadu were victimised after his exit. And my ordeal was orchestrated as punishment for being the chief investigative officer for most of the high profile cases involving politically exposed persons some of whom became very influential in government at the time.”

Mr. Magu later returned to the EFCC upon the exit of Mrs. Waziri. But the SSS said his “close working relationship” with and how he was brought back by Ibrahim Lamorde, Mrs. Waziri’s successor, indicated “his culpability in the allegations of corrupt tendencies of LAMORDE led EFCC.”

Replying, Mr. Magu said it was “preposterous” for the SSS to allege he was recalled, in 2012 when he was serving in the Anambra police command, to do hatchet job for Mr. Lamorde.

“My job schedule as Deputy Director, Department of Internal Affairs, under Lamorde, was simply handling issues of professional responsibility in the Commission. I had no inputs in core operations duties of the Commission,” said Mr. Magu.

HOUSE RENT, EXTRAVAGANCE, CONTROVERSIAL TIES
Contrary to the claim by the SSS that the residence Mr. Magu currently occupies was rented for him by “a questionable business man” at N40 million for two years, with another N43 million to “lavishly furnish” the apartment, the acting EFCC boss said, “The entire cost for both two-year rent and the furnishing of the house is N39.628million.

 “Details of the transaction are contained in the contract award letter and payment schedule which are attached to this letter.”

The SSS had claimed the house was gotten from Mohammed Umar, a retired air commodore, now being tried for money laundering and illegal possession of firearms, Mr. Magu denied “penchant for air travels” in private jet belonging to Mr. Umar, but admitted he had flown the said aircraft on two occasions: one, offer of ride from Kano to Abuja after an official assignment with two EFCC directors; two, when he was traveling to Maiduguri to see his sick mother.

“These, for me, were harmless gesture as we were both members of the presidential investigative committee on arms procurement. At the time I had no knowledge that he was under investigation for any alleged crimes,” he said.

He also denied he flew with the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonwko, who is under investigation by the EFCC, to Maiduguri in Mr. Umar’s private jet, stressing he had never flown in a private aircraft with any bank chief.

Further debunking claims he is flamboyant, he said in one instance he flew on a first class ticket with Emirate Airline to perform the lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia, but argued that was not enough for the SSS to conclude he keeps extravagant lifestyle.

Moreover, he said he opted for first class because tickets for other classes had been sold out at the time, and that he funded the trip from his private pocket.

He did not disclose the cost of the trip for the pilgrimage, but SSS said it was N2,990,196 (about N3 million).

He said his relationship with Mr. Umar had been one of “professional acquaintance devoid of issues of conflict of interest” since their paths crossed when they became members of arms procurement probe panel.

He said: “The claim that EFCC documents, including EFCC letters addressed to the Vice President and being investigation reports on the activities of Emmanuel Kachikwu and his brother Demebi Kachikwu, were found in his home during a search by the DSS came to me as a surprise.

“If that is correct, he should be made to disclose how he came by such documents. I never discussed my official duties with him let alone give him documents pertaining to investigations being conducted by the Commission.”

RELUCTANCE TO ARRAIGN FORMER AIR CHIEF AMOSU
“Indeed, among the suspects arrested over the arms procurement scandal, he (Adesola Amosu) was most cooperative. The Commission recovered N2.835billion cash from him, aside from property worth One Billion Five Hundred and Eighty-One Million Naira (N1,581, 000, 000), Two Million One Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($2,150, 000) and One Million Pounds Sterling (£1, 000, 000),” said Mr. Magu, explaining that Mr. Amosu’s arraignment was delayed because he cooperated with the EFCC in the process of recovery of proceeds of crime.

Since a key focus of the investigation was to recover as much proceeds of crime as possible, Mr. Magu added, the EFCC took its time to ensure it had recovered what was possible before arraigning the suspect in court.

“This had nothing to do with the wish of any individual.”

21 comments:

godwin progragrammer said...

hmmm nawao for him o!

oladimeji seun said...

Enemie at work.

Emitee said...

The corrupt Senators will not want to see the reality of the whole matter

Emitee said...

The corrupt Senators will not want to see the reality of the whole matter

Nasiru Adoke said...

i believe magu on these one..they are scared of his fiery and dogged fight against corruption. with God on our side we shall over come money thieves no matter how hard they fight back

Onifade Joseph said...

Mr. Magu, don't let that borders you, they got nothing on you just frivolities.
#Believe

Rosemary Ezeji said...

Politics

Amos Mercy said...

It's possible mr Magu is only a victim of political powers and toes he stepped on before now

Sunshow said...

With all this, let them confirm this man.

Adeniyi Adedotun said...

does anybody in DSS interested in Magu Job? let the person come out openly i everything center around here as unnecessary witch haunting or better still some of the indited governor regard to Paris loan might be hidden their faces and be the brain behind DSS action.

Olisayemk said...

There is always a price to pay for fighting corruption

Austine Gabriel said...

I new corruption is fighting back

Ay360 said...

Weldon

Rumbu Abdul-razaq said...

With such a response from Mr Magu how do you espect Senate to clear him when almost all of them were involved in one or the other in the finacial scandal.

abdulrasaq abdulrafii said...

Politricks nawa for Nigeria

Queen Abiodun Ogunnika said...

Interesting

I. C Bruno said...

Magu should note that he is dealing with politicians

Ayinde Gbola said...

they are trying to replace him with sb they will be controlling

Ayoola Benjamin said...

This Man is absolutely ready to fight any corrupt individual, we all know that the Nigerian Senate is the most corrupt in Nigeria. They can never confirm this man. If they confirm him ,all of them will rot in jail. Useless corrupt leaders

okorochas justin said...

Alhamdu lai...

inumidun said...

Political wahala..

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