PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES SALLAH HOMAGE 8. President Muhammadu Buhari receives Acting EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu during the Sallah Homage at the Residence in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 4 2019
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) Monday issued a statement in regards to the arrest of his acting chairman.
Per Second News reported that Magu was arrested and driven to the Presidential Villa.
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu on Monday, July 6, 2020, honoured an invitation by a Presidential Panel reviewing the activities of the EFCC, at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the statement said.
He was served the invitation to the Panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting.
The statement said the EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation. A member of a legal team from the EFCC is also with him on the Panel.
In a 2017 report, Magu was accused of living in a house paid for by a “corrupt” businessman.
Officials in the Buhari administration say they are confident that his days are numbered as head of the anti-corruption agency.
It’s unclear precisely when Magu would step down, or whether he’ll leave administration entirely, or wait to be fired.
He was also accused of extorting money — through a proxy — from suspects. “Investigation on the chairmanship of Magu revealed that in August 2008 during the tenure of Farida Waziri as the commission’s chairman, some sensitive documents which were not supposed to be at the disposal of Magu were discovered in his house.
He was subsequently redeployed to the police after days of detention and later suspended from the police force,” the report read. “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.
“Notwithstanding, sequel to the appointment of Ibrahim Lamorde as chairman, he made the return of Magu to the EFCC a top priority. Magu remained a top official of the commission until he was appointed to succeed Lamorde.